Tropical Storm Florence Heading Westward Strengthening Forecast

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

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

Florence is now a tropical storm and is located about 1500 miles from Hampton Roads, moving west at 9 mph.

North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast.

Just where the storm will head is still uncertain, but computer models used by the center's specialists to forecast track indicated a US landfall looked increasingly likely.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Friday and waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly.

Improving atmospheric conditions are expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength - the storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, believed to be a Category Four hurricane, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 210km/h.

Florence is still not expected to be a threat to South Florida, but with potential winds of 145 miles per hour sometime Thursday, residents of the Carolinas ought to watch its movement closely over the next few days. The expectation is that a powerful hurricane will approach the mid-East Coast of the US next Wednesday or Thursday.

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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.

The storm is expected to strengthen over the weekend, National Weather Service officials say. Portions of the east coast could see rip currents this weekend.

As of Friday afternoon, Florence continued to slowly cross the Atlantic Ocean now moving more westerly compared to northwesterly. Helene has winds of 45 mph, and is 330 miles from the Cabo Verde Islands. Helene will pass close to or perhaps over the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands Saturday night and Sunday. After passing those islands, it is expected to turn out to sea. The system is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Helene is set to bring potential for flash-flooding as it hit Cabo Verde Islands in Africa.

Tropical Depression 9 is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving westward.

Hurricane Olivia had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, and was approximately 1,370 miles east of Honolulu as of 11 p.m. local time.

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