Florence Regaining Strength; Hurricane Possibilities Not Ruled Out

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Hurricane Florence is gaining strength again after overnight report of weakening to a tropical storm and believed could make a landfall on the US East Coast by next week.

National Hurricane Center warned Wednesday Florence could turn into a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.

Florence is more than 1,600 miles away from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and at 11 a.m. ET Friday it weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph. Located at about 935 miles east-southeast of Bermuda the storm is moving to west at 8 mph.

The hurricane center said Florence could regain strength and its intensity could be that of at least Category 3 by next week.

However, it is too early to determine what impacts Florence could bring next week on the U.S. East Coast. The meteorology department should closely monitor its movement over the weekend.

As of now the European and American computer models indicate a dangerous hurricane landfall on the Eastern Seaboard. Dozens of different other computer models forecast the same – Florence to cause some impact next week.

Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said more than thirty named storms have been within 100 miles of the current position of Florence in past 150 years or more and none of those made U.S. landfall.

Apart from Florence, two more systems are gaining strength in the Atlantic Ocean and could pick up the speed of tropical storms or hurricanes in couple of days. Those are Helena and Isaac.

Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern said though Florence is much being focused now, but more attention is to be given to Helena as a hurricane landfall is possible on Lesser Antilles, which is a group of islands in the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, it is important to know Florence could bring gusty winds next week and make surfing conditions dangerous. The U.S. Southeast coast will be affected by large swells and waves will be larger.

As most lifeguards are on off days following Labor Day the surf may become hazardous. Cruise lines need to alter their itinerary too and property owners need to prepare themselves for hurricane season.

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