Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Florence projected to strengthen to major hurricane

Florence projected to strengthen to major hurricane

North Carolina already is on alert. "So, there are still lots of options".

James Morrow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said Friday that it will be early next week before forecasters can more accurately determine the storm's path.

As of 6pm, Tropical Storm Florence lay 900 miles east-southeast of the island, and was headed west-southwest at 8mph.

It's still too early to know for sure, but we should all be tracking the storm carefully in the days ahead. "During harvest, time is of the essence".

Cooper's emergency declaration makes it possible to waive the state's transportation rules so North Carolina farmers can harvest and transport their crops to market faster.

Swells generated by Florence could cause risky rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said. Foremost among those is Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane next week and looks increasingly likely to hit the East Coast. However Florence has still maintained a solid core overnight and upper air winds are forecast to begin relaxing today.

The low-pressure trough due east of Georgia and the Carolinas was producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms.

The good news, the high temp is 86 degrees and the heat index is under 90.

Florence is likely to reintensify over the next few days.

Tropical storm Helen is only of concern to the Capo Verde Islands near Africa. Officials say heavy rainfall on the islands could produce life-threatening flash floods.

It will affect the Cabo Verde Islands, possibly as a hurricane this weekend. Helene is expected to become more of a sea event than land event.

New models show Florence is posing an increasing threat to the East Coast and the chances are now higher it will have direct effects Wednesday through Friday anywhere between Florida and southern New England, including the tristate area.

This story will be updated throughout the day as the storm develops. Given sufficient warm water and low shear, Depression Nine should become a tropical storm sometime on Saturday. There is a possibility of significant intensification in the early part of next week.

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