Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Tropical Storm Florence to become hurricane late Saturday

Tropical Storm Florence to become hurricane late Saturday

Closely watch/listen to the weather reports.

Regardless of the eventual path of Florence, large swells will affect beaches this upcoming week, creating "rough surf, life-threatening rip currents and steep waves at inlet entrances", the NWS reports.

Port City Daily will continue to monitor the storm as it approaches, and all hurricane coverage will be free to access and will not count toward free monthly reads.

According to NHC's 11 p.m. update, Florence is a tropical storm moving west at about 6 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to become a tropical storm by late Saturday afternoon, at which point it would be named Isaac. Meteorologists expect the tropical storm to evolve into a major hurricane by Tuesday night.

A strengthening Tropical Storm Florence is casting a hurricane-sized shadow across the East Coast, where it could strike late next week. Many folks take delight in posting individual weather model runs showing a major, catastrophic landfall over populous cities.

Due to the uncertainty of the storm's track this many days in advance, VDEM encourages all residents of Virginia to prepare for impacts from this storm.

Florence has the potential to make landfall Thursday in North Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane with 140 miles per hour winds. Given these two uncertain factors, residents from the northern Florida coast to North Carolina need to go ahead and begin making preparations, keeping in mind that all of those locations won't be getting the brunt of the storm.

Additionally, Northam asked Virginians "to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations" since the storm could bring flooding, unsafe storm surge and damaging winds.

Conditions have suddenly become more favorable for development and the tropical wave train off of Africa has fired up. Inland effects would be less severe in this scenario, although it among the least likely.

The National Hurricane Center says early forecasts indicate it will make its way towards the main islands early next week. If you have friends, family, or other interests along the East Coast you should check the forecast regularly over the next week.

In particular, after a very wet summer much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions would face a significant flood threat from Florence even after the storm moves ashore.

Prior to Florence's arrival on the scene it had been a quiet season in the Atlantic - in marked contrast to the previous year.

On its current track, Florence's winds are forecast to strengthen to 140 miles per hour by Wednesday morning, making it an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane.

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