Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Florence forecast to restrengthen to a major hurricane before threatening US

Hurricane Florence weakens but could threaten U.S. coast next week Florence's projected path. National Hurricane Center
Sherry Houston | 08 September, 2018, 17:08

Tropical Storm Florence, which is predicted to regain hurricane strength by the end of the weekend, was upgraded this morning to a potential threat to Bermuda.

Florence is now 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said. This uncertainty was due to the fact that there were different projections of where the trough would be located and the exact positioning of Florence's location in relation to the trough.

The wind shear that has weakened the storm will itself weaken and that coupled with the movement of the storm to warmer waters is what the Weather Channel says will increase the intensity of the storm early next week.

Florence had been affected by wind shear but the conditions in front of Florence are now favorable for development and likely even quicker development.

Now with 115 miles per hour winds, the storm had risen briefly to Category 4 on Wednesday with winds of 130 miles per hour.

The storm is nearly 1,600 miles from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and is still as much as a week away from a potential US landfall, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. While there are still a few model solutions that try to take Florence back out to sea, most long-term solutions see the westward track holding steady.

Hurricane Florence is our first major hurricane of the 2018 season in the Atlantic.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski expects high pressures to strengthen Florence.

Florence is forecast to track west through the weekend, forecasters said. Again, much can change, but with our main models having Florence lurking off of the mid-Atlantic we must bring our concern up a notch. Florence, because of its weaker state, has been moving along toward the west.

Do you have a plan if the storm targets your area? Trim them now. Declutter drains and gutters.

In the Pacific Ocean, while Tropical Storm Norman is not expected to hit Hawaii, Hurricane Olivia could hit the islands next week, potentially as a tropical storm, the hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Helene is in the Far Eastern Atlantic, just off the African Coast.

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