Florence approaches US, set to become 'extremely dangerous' storm

Florence is expected to regain strength

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hurricane hunter has found that Florence is strengthening, and is forecast to become a major hurricane on Monday. The Miami-based center said Florence is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday.

The current forecast track brings Florence on approach to the southeast USA coast on Thursday as a major and powerful hurricane. While forecasters say it's too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.

- Florence is now a hurricane and forecasters say it could hit the U.S. East Coast as a powerful hurricane next week.

Bermuda and the US East Coast are beginning to see the first impacts of Florence.

A change in atmospheric conditions was expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength.

At 11 a.m. Hurricane Florence was located about 750 miles southeast or Bermuda and about 610 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

The Met Office said Trinidad and Tobagi is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time. Three states, including South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have already declared states of emergency in preparation for the storm's impact.

Late Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency. Some forecast models have shown Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". These can range from high winds and storm surge in coastal Virginia to significant flooding both along the coast and in rivers and streams in the western part of the state.

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening.

In the Eastern Atlantic the disturbance east of the Cabo Verde Islands has strengthened into Tropical Storm Helene, the eighth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season. Advisories warning of risky beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

"It's important to remember the cone of uncertainty covers the entire SC coast, meaning landfall in SC is still a possibilty", Quagliariello said.

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