Tropical Storm Florence continues its churn toward USA coast

Powerful hurricane could be headed to southeast US

Saturday evening, Florence hit a maximum of 70 mph (110 kph) winds with the storm about 810 miles (1305 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving westward at a rate of 5 mph (7 kph).

The storm's center was 750 miles southeast of Bermuda at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", Gov. Cooper said.

Florence will become a unsafe hurricane Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

A photo taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6, 2018.

With an eye on Florence, governors in Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

Swells generated by Florence could cause unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding on Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

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Based off the latest forecast track from the NHC, Florence will approach the southeast USA coast by Thursday. It formed near the Cabo Verde Islands last weekend and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday.

The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea.

Category 4 storms, with winds of at least 130 miles per hour, can cause "catastrophic" damage, the hurricane center said, snapping trees, and toppling power polls.

The storm brings with it an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts: storm surge along the coast and freshwater flooding from prolonged rains, the hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Isaac is also expected to strengthen to a category 2 hurricane this week. South facing beaches will have high surf and unsafe rip currents.

Another tropical storm has now developed in the Atlantic and could possibly hit the British Virgin Islands as a hurricane in the next few days.

While the track of Tropical Storm Florence is still uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that Virginia may see significant impacts from this storm next week.

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