Florence Strengthens Into Hurricane, Continues Moving Towards East Coast

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

TROPICS: Florence to become a hurricane today; TD 9 strengthening

The storm's center was 765 miles southeast of Bermuda at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

The governors office they will mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard and pre-position people to assist in storm response.

Hurricane expert Robbie Berg said: "The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

The biggest threats include flooding and damaging winds. Cooper urged residents to "review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now". Coastal residents should also check what hurricane evacuation zone they live in.

Florence already had been the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season earlier this week, but wind shear weakened it to a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring a low-pressure system about 600 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the hurricane center said.

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As of Saturday morning, Tropical Florence was moving at nine miles per hour with winds of 60 miles per hour.

Swells generated by Florence were affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the US East Coast.

The U.S. Navy also said that ships are preparing to depart Hampton Roads on September 10. "Florence continues on a track to impact the U.S. mainland by Thursday or Friday".

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday that Florence will start to rapidly intensify Sunday, and be a major hurricane by Tuesday.

The Navy said all ships in Virginia's coastal Hampton Roads area were preparing to leave port for open seas Monday. And it's not likely to weaken before reaching the shores of North and SC and Virginia on Thursday, AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi said.

"Whatever happens, we're going to have a lot of rain and a lot of wind, even if the hurricane goes farther north", McMaster said.

Unsafe hurricane expected to reach major storm status Monday. Florence has regained hurricane...

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the center said.

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