Florence expected to become hurricane, heading to southeast US

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

Florence remains a tropical storm but is forecast to become a hurricane Saturday night as it continues on a westerly track toward the East Coast of the United States, the NWS reports.

The storm's center was 750 miles (1,200 km) southeast of Bermuda at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

Behind Isaac is Tropical Storm Helene, which was moving across the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands off West Africa on Sunday morning and will become a hurricane late on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said. Florence is looking more organized Sunday morning on satellite. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, and was moving to the west at 13 miles per hour.

According to the 5 a.m. update on the storm, "Florence is forecast to be a unsafe major hurricane near the southeast USA coast by late this week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase".

Due to warm ocean temperatures and lack of shear, Florence will be in a very favorable environment for development.

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.

Florence is about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda, according to NHC.

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A landfall is expected Thursday night or Friday morning along the coast of SC or North Carolina.

The risk of direct impacts in the US are increasing.

The governor's office said the order was meant to mobilize resources in preparation for the storm. They warned that Florence could slow or stall after coming ashore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding.

A number of storms are in the Atlantic Ocean, some with the possibility of becoming Hurricanes.

File photo shows hurricane Hermine that made landfall near St Marks, just south of Florida's capital Tallahassee with 80 mile (130 kilometer) per hour winds. Isaac is forecast to strengthen over the coming days.

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the hurricane centre said. A west-northwestward motion with ain increase in forward speed is expected by Monday and will continue through mid-week.

Hawaii has also been put on notice as Hurricane Olivia approaches from the east.

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