Tropical Storm Florence A "Potential Threat"

Tropical Storm Florence A

Tropical Storm Florence A "Potential Threat"

As of Saturday morning, Florence was a tropical storm that was traveling west at 7 miles per hour with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour but Moss said that it would likely intensity to a Category 4 storm as it makes the trek across the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast. Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.

In scenario two, if the high pressure over the central Atlantic strengthens, then Florence may complete its 3,500-mile journey over the Atlantic, landing right on the US East Coast.

Florence had been affected by wind shear but the conditions in front of Florence are now favorable for development and likely even quicker development. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the warm waters of the southwestern Atlantic Ocean through Wednesday.

Though weakened to a tropical storm on Friday, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Bermuda over the weekend. "Interests near and along the U.S. East Coast should monitor the progress of Florence through the weekend and ensure they have their hurricane plans in place".

Please consult your local National Weather Service office at for the latest information on any tropical or storms or hurricanes that could be a threat to your area. If it does brush up against the coast, Cumberland County could see winds and rain, Morrow said.

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Tropical Storm Helene, which formed Friday, was about 270 miles east-southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. The storm is moving west at 13 miles per hour. The system is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday, weather forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Helene is set to bring potential for flash-flooding as it hit Cabo Verde Islands in Africa.

Tropical Depression 9 could develop into a tropical storm and threaten the Caribbean next week.

“All the while, sea surface temperatures will be gradually increasing to between 28 to 29C (82.4 to 84.2F), and perhaps more importantly, oceanic heat content values will double in three to four days, ” the NHC site added.

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