Florence becomes a hurricane; 2 other storms gain strength

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

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The Miami-based weather center said although the storm could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane by midweek, its path was still unclear.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was located about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

At present Florence has maximum winds of 70mph. The flooding might be similar to what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Florence wilted Thursday as it plowed into the subtropical jet stream.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 km/h with higher gusts and additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.

So how could that be bad for the East Coast? Storms in that part of the ocean usually veer away from the U.S. Roberts said hes telling them to get out of town. As soon as Florence's structure fell apart Thursday, it turned westward with the low-level trade winds. A few models depict the storm brushing the coast.

Keep checking back for updates on the storm throughout the day. But it's not a big chance.

The hurricane is forecast to travel through Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. The South Carolina governor ordered the states entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.

"Its not just the coast", Graham said. However, the new European model now shows a possible jog to the west after landfall leading into the weekend.

Many people in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic probably have not experienced a storm of the potential magnitude of Florence.

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Because of the uncertainty in the storm's final destination, it is premature to discuss exactly what hazards it will inflict, where, and when. Still, the storm would produce flooding rains across a large part of the U.S. South, expanding the damage, according to Enki Research's Watson. Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954.

Hurricane Florence is aiming for a region of the U.S. East Coast that is especially vulnerable to storm surge and flooding from heavy rains.

Despite weakening on Wednesday, Florence has already started to rebound as the wind shear relaxes.

With the dry weather comes anomalously warm temperatures as well.

Florence's forecast track overlaid on a map of current sea surface temperature.

The risk of direct impact by Florence on the East Coast is rising.

It's too early to know the exact path, but forecasters said Florence could blow ashore in the Carolinas by Thursday.

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.

Across the Southeast, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes. Trim them now. Declutter drains and gutters.

Meanwhile, two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also had high chances of developing into tropical storms, forecasters said.

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