Moss: Florence could affect us by Thursday or Friday

Cristina Cross
September 9, 2018

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday to give his state time to prepare for the possible arrival of a hurricane.

Florence could begin to batter parts of the US East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Florence, now churning across the Atlantic Ocean, is increasingly likely to strike the East Coast late this week as a major hurricane.

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 storm was centred about 810 miles (1305 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 5 mph (7 kph). Given these two uncertain factors, residents from the northern Florida coast to North Carolina need to go ahead and begin making preparations, keeping in mind that all of those locations won't be getting the brunt of the storm.

The Atlantic gained another tropical storm overnight as a depression upgraded its status to become the second named storm in the ocean.

The National Hurricane center said that Florence will start to rapidly intensify Sunday, and become a major hurricane by Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center on Friday was showing a projected path for Florence that could take the storm along the North Carolina coast.

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The storm is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas before reaching the U.S. By Thursday, Florence had weakened back to a tropical storm.

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

“Bermuda should remain outside the radius of tropical storm force winds and the only significant impact is expected to be rough to very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially along the South Shore.”.

Florence is now 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.

His announcement followed on the heels of North Carolina's state of emergency, declared Friday night by Gov. Roy Cooper. As of Saturday morning the hurricane was 1280 miles east of Honolulu.

The storm is expected to bring high winds and storm surge, which will likely cause coastal flooding.

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