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North, South Carolina declare state of emergency ahead of tropical storm Florence

09 September 2018, 05:27 | Justin Tyler

Major Hurricane Likely to Hit East Coast Late This Week

Florence strengthened into a hurricane again Sunday as forecasters warned the menacing storm could deliver a brutal hit along the East Coast by the end of the week. Virginia has joined North and South Carolina in declaring a state of emergency ahead of

Although, they add that it's too soon to determine the exact location and impact Olivia will have.

Generally speaking, there are two schools of thought with regards to Florence.

NOAA is predicting it will be at hurricane status on Sunday and a "dangerous major hurricane" by the time it reaches the coast later this week.

The storm was centred about 875 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 7mph.

If Florence rides the coast, it would be a huge blow to the Outer Banks but less of an impact on us.

Initial hurricane preparations should already be underway in the target areas.

While we still have a long way to go and there will be changes/fine tuning in the forecast, Hurricane Florence is running out of opportunities to evade the East Coast. The steering currents from the unusually strong bubble of high pressure pushing Florence toward the USA will collapse as the bubble moves away. A U.S. landfall is not a given by any means, but Florence is a storm that bears watching into next week, especially with the latest model runs. In either case, a devastating coastal battering combined with a hugely unsafe inland flood event appears to be the most likely outcome.

North Carolina's Gov. Roy Cooper also declared a State of Emergency for his state on Friday.

Isaac remains a tropical storm Sunday morning with peak winds estimated at 50 miles per hour.

And courtesy of BoatUS.com, one of the best storm-tracking websites out there, here is its latest projected forecast track ...

The National Hurricane Center said despite Florence eventual path, large swells will begin to affect the U.S. East Coast this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surfs and rip currents.

Hurricane track and intensity forecasts often have wide margins of error beyond five days.

It had maximum winds of 70mph with gusts of 85mph.

Florence is the first Category 4 hurricane of 2018 of the Atlantic season. It was about 1,500 miles from the easternmost Caribbean islands on Sunday and may become a hurricane by Monday.

Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence is expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Bermuda.

No coastal watches or warnings are now in effect. And in the western Pacific, tropical depression Mangkhut is approaching Guam and has the potential to strengthen into a typhoon. Neither Helene nor Isaac are deemed a threat to Bermuda at this time.

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