Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

11 a.m. update: Florence strengthens into hurricane

11 a.m. update: Florence strengthens into hurricane

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018 shows Tropical Storm Florence - which forecasters say will soon become an extremely unsafe hurricane - being followed westward across the Atlantic by Tropical Storms Isaac and Helene8. The storm is traveling over warm water, and is expected to increase its speed and become a hurricane Saturday night.

It is forecast to approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday.

It is expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Bermuda, although forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would hit.

"There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge from the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall inland". As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the storm was 840 miles southeast of Bermuda while heading west at 9 mph with maximum winds of 65 mph.

The U.S. Navy is making preparations this weekend for its ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave port.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly. Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.

Florence is forecast to move west Sunday, but then begin to turn west-northwest by Monday.

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the NHC said.

- Florence strengthened in the Atlantic Sunday and again became a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update.

South Carolina's Emergency Management Division said residents should begin preparing their homes and property for the storm.

The storm is expected to approach the south-east U.S. coast on Thursday.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to monitor several storms in the Atlantic, including tropical storm Isaac, which is on a path toward the Caribbean and estimated to become a hurricane by Monday.

As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours was forecast to be 360 miles to the south-southwest on Tuesday at 7pm.

It comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought "almost biblical rains" to the Big Island and also left parts of Oahu flooded.

Like this: