Florence expected to strengthen as it nears the East Coast

Ignacio Smith
September 8, 2018

Still, this storm could take a sharp curve to the north and head out sea, we have to acknowledge that this storm may directly hit the east coast.

The declaration waived transportation rules "to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly," Cooper said in a statement "While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared". It was about 2,000 miles from the U.S. coastline, still too far out for a confident landfall prediction.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday night that Tropical Storm Helene was located about 405 miles (650 kilometers) east of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Briefly a Category 4 storm Wednesday, weakening over the open Atlantic is forecast the next couple days.

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Over the course of the past few days, social media posts showed snapshots of forecast models showing doom and gloom forecasts of showing Florence making landfall at one spot or another.

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"Given the large uncertainty at these time ranges, it is far too soon to speculate what, if any, impacts Florence may have on the U.S. East Coast next week", the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center warns people around the area to prepare for risky rip currents.

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"It's coming from the southeast, so it's probably going to impact all of them", Hawkins said. And will the storm be a major hurricane by the time it approaches the USA coast?

Now a Category 3 hurricane, Florence is still several days out from making any sort of landfall with Bermuda located in the "cone of uncertainty", where the storm system may strike.

Please consult your local National Weather Service office at weather.gov for the latest information on any tropical or storms or hurricanes that could be a threat to your area.

"Hopefully it'll veer off and be out in the ocean and not get anybody, but we'll be ready to go", he said.

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