According to a recent advisory by the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence may be a huge threat to the east coast. Large swells were likely to start hitting the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Friday.
Weatherman Jason Caterina from Pinpoint weather warned that Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, could make landfall as a hurricane over North Carolina next week.
Forecasters say Florence is likely to weaken further over the next day or two and then regain strength as it nears Bermuda and the U.S. The storm is now over the open ocean, more than 1,000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, moving northwest at 10 mph. As Florence's path moves closer to the USA coastline in the next week Florence is expected to regain category three hurricane status.
At noon local time on Thursday, Florence was packing winds of 105 miles per hour, down from a Category 4 storm on Wednesday when winds reached miles per hour. At least two of those storms have the hurricane center and emergency management officials along the U.S. East Coast warning residents to put their hurricane preparations into gear, if they haven't already.
"We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms", Cooper said.
'This setup will guide Florence on a west to northwesterly course into next week'.
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As of midday Friday, Florence was about 900 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, and its strongest winds had weakened significantly, to 65 mph.
Large swells from Florence are expected to hit Bermuda starting Friday, and portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend.
The National Hurricane Center warns people around the area to prepare for unsafe rip currents. Some forecast models indicated the storm slamming into land sometime late next week, while others indicate it would curve away from the sore.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking the storm, now churning across the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda.
"There's a very good chance that over the next couple of days these areas of low pressure with organized thunderstorms could potentially form into tropical systems and become tropical storms with names".
Damage could come from wind damage, coastal storm surge and inland flooding from torrential rainfall.