Tropical Storm Helene forms in eastern Atlantic

Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on the East Coast but it is still too early to tell

Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on the East Coast but it is still too early to tell

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

SURF: Swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda later today and will reach portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend.

Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from the shore.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Friday and waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly. But it is expected to strengthen in force and speed in the coming days, thanks to warm Atlantic waters, a decrease in wind shear, and a high-pressure system arriving from the Midwest, which is expected to steer Florence west. At least two of those storms have the hurricane center and emergency management officials along the U.S. East Coast warning residents to put their hurricane preparations into gear, if they haven't already.

As Florence moves west, the wind shear will decrease, allowing Florence to become more organized and intensify. On this path, Florence will track over the warm waters off the southeast US coastline. This will accelerate the hurricane toward the middle of the U.S. East Coast.

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Tropical Storm Florence was expected to strengthen back into a hurricane on Sunday, and forecasters warned that the storm could still make landfall somewhere along the US eastern seaboard late next week. Portions of the east coast could see rip currents this weekend.

Helene has sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving west at 13 miles per hour.

He said: "Florence has taken quite a hit overnight, It was a Category 4 storm Wednesday night and has dropped down to Category 2 this morning". The system is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour.

Forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go.

A map of the tropical storm activity stretching across the Atlantic Ocean looks a little like someone suddenly opened a floodgate, with a series of four storms strung out across the sea between the United States and Africa. It is pretty far south and with high pressure ridging in place over the Atlantic and Florida, should in the short and medium term be a Caribbean system.

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