Florence to rapidly intensify, target Southeast as major hurricane

Tropical Depressions Eight and Nine looking to become next named storms

The Bermuda Weather Service said the island is likely to remain outside Florences radius of tropical storm force winds but warned of potentially very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially on the South Shore.

The latest projection for the path of Tropical Storm Florence is centered on Wilmington, North Carolina, adding more urgency to the State of Emergency declared in the two Carolinas. A U.S. landfall is not a given by any means, but Florence is a storm that bears watching into next week, especially with the latest model runs.

The Governor's Office, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police, and other state agencies have already begun preparations for the impacts of Tropical Storm Florence.

This could become an extremely unsafe situation for folks in those areas, who should monitor the progress of this storm closely.

A number of tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean, with the potential to strengthen to hurricanes, are heading towards land.

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

As of the 11 a.m. Saturday advisory, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 7 miles per hour.

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

Florence is projected to make landfall early Friday morning somewhere in the Carolinas, according to the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters say it's too soon to tell where the storm will go because there's still a lot of uncertainty in its long-term track.

Florence was a hurricane in the Atlantic before it weakened to a tropical storm last week.

U.S. residents have been warned to prepare for the hurricane's impact.

As is always the case with tropical storms and hurricanes, forecasters are not certain about the system's eventual track.

Odds now favor a continued westerly track through the weekend and a gradual strengthening.

A Sunday morning advisory noted that the "outer bands of Helene [were] beginning to affect the southernmost Cabo Verde islands". For now, it is best to assume a hurricane will be approaching the islands on Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center is expecting it to make a northwest turn toward the southeastern United States later this week and may develop into a hurricane by Monday.

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