Here's what David Epstein is saying about Hurricane Florence

Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast

Hurricane Florence's Path Shifts Westward, Putting Bermuda On Notice

The immediate threat this weekend will be large swells and risky rip currents along the East Coast due to the storm.

The European model's forecast for Florence remains concerning, which still brings the storm in near the SC coast late next week.

The National Hurricane Center has not yet issued any coastal watches or warnings as of their 5 p.m. ET advisory.

On Wednesday, the storm was ranked a Category 4 hurricane, packing winds up to 130 miles per hour.

“The ministry notes that the EMO is prepared and stands ready to convene should Hurricane Florences forecasted track pose a threat to Bermuda.”.

But East Coast residents can feel reassured about one thing: More than 75 storms have passed within 200 miles of Florence's current location in the Atlantic since hurricane records began in the 1850s, and not a single one made a United States landfall.

Still, the European and American computer models showed a menacing hurricane coming dangerously close late next week to North Carolina's Outer Banks or the mid-Atlantic region, a significant shift westward from earlier model runs.

Florence could regain sustained winds of at least 115 miles per hour by Monday, forecasters say.

A tropical wave was also expected to move off the west coast of Africa Friday, potentially forming a tropical depression over the weekend or early next week.

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The National Hurricane Center declared Florence to be the first major hurricane of the 2018 season.

Friday afternoon, Florence had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but strengthening is expected over the weekend.

While Florence has weakened considerably over the last 24-48 hours, those along the east coast should not let their guard down.

The National Hurricane Center warns people around the area to prepare for unsafe rip currents.

Johnathan Lamb, National Weather Service meteorologist, said Florence is more than seven days away from making an impact on land - if it even does.

This news comes only a day after tropical storm Gordon hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, claiming one child's life.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking the storm, now churning across the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda.

"The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased".

Helene is forecast to strengthen, with tropical storm conditions reaching the Cabo Verde Islands Saturday.

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