Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward US coast

Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward US coast

Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward US coast

Florence remains a tropical storm located 840 miles southeast of Bermuda, it is moving west at 9 mph.

Florence's first impact to Bermuda and the US East Coast could start this weekend with large swells, potentially causing unsafe surf conditions and rip currents.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said Saturday that the track of the storm was far from certain but the cone of concern could spell trouble for North Carolina.

North Carolina already declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm on Friday.

At noon, the National Hurricane Centre in the United States reported that wind shear, which has sapped the storms strength, had “likely reached its maximum” and would dwindle as Florence continued on its course.

Florence had attained Category 4 strength by Wednesday before it weakened to a tropical storm this morning, but was predicted to rebound as a Category 3 storm by Tuesday morning. The WFMY News 2 Weather team predicts it may get uncomfortably close to the East Coast by the middle of next week.

Two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also had high chances of developing into tropical storms, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Florence's weakening appears to have stopped and is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane by Saturday night or Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. Most of the models are now showing Florence having a direct and major impact to the East Coast in the upcoming week. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, and was moving to the west at 13 miles per hour. Helene has winds of 45 mph, and is 330 miles from the Cabo Verde Islands. The system is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour.

Tropical Depression 8 will bring heavy rain to the Cabo Verde islands over the weekend and a tropical storm warning is in effect for a portion of the islands.

Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go. As it slowly continues to move west, it will encounter more favorable conditions such as a decrease in wind shear and warmer sea surface temperatures, which will lead to it eventually strengthening into a hurricane.

It's still too early to forecast whether Isaac could be a threat to South Florida.

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