Florence gains hurricane status as it tracks towards east coast

Florence gains hurricane status as it tracks towards east coast

Florence gains hurricane status as it tracks towards east coast

The storm had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm last week before it began to strengthen again over the Atlantic late Friday.

Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and was swirling toward the US for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week.

Florence is moving toward the west near 9 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue today. By Wednesday, the hurricane should turn northwestward, and slow down somewhat due to another ridge forming over the Ohio Valley.

Meanwhile residents along the U.S. east coast are being warned to prepare for the possible arrival of Florence next week, with modelling showing the weakened storm could regain it's strength to a hurricane as it approaches Bermuda.

For Central Florida, it is becoming likely that Florence will bring significant wave activity in the Atlantic, along with a unsafe high rip current threat and possible coastal erosion.

"While we don't yet know what the path of this storm will be, it is never too early to prepare yourself, your family, and your home".

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Moving southeast in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Isaac now has winds of 50 miles per hour and is moving west at 9 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will be a Category 4 by Tuesday or Wednesday, and it's possible that it could become a Category 5 at some point. The forecast track is not set-in-stone, however, and we'll closely monitor it through this upcoming workweek to see how it will influence our weather and impact the eastern USA coast.

The U.S. Navy is making preparations this weekend for its ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave port.

The 5p.m. update placed the centre of the system near latitude 24.6 north, longitude 54.7 west or about 810 miles (1,305 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda or some 695 miles (1,120 kilometres) northeast on the northern Leeward Islands. It is moving west at 9 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and about 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands, tracked south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said.

The National Hurricane Center says Isaac has become the fifth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

Finally, Tropical Storm Isaac has developed east of the Lesser Antilles and is strengthening.

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