Storm watch - Monitoring the Atlantic

Hurricane Florence weakens but could threaten U.S. coast next week

Both the European and American models have shifted the storm westward, rather than northerly, increasing the likelihood it will come close to or make landfall somewhere on the East Coast.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a tropical storm later today, over the eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said.

Florence had attained Category 4 strength by Wednesday before it weakened to a tropical storm this morning, but was predicted to rebound as a Category 3 storm by Tuesday morning. Or, it could make an actual landfall, with more severe impacts at the beaches, and wind & rain farther inland here in the Piedmont.

“It may take the cyclone some time to gather itself once the shear abates, but once it becomes vertically stacked again, the intensity is likely to increase significantly.”. 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.

The much advertised weakening of Hurricane FLorence to a tropical storm occurred yesterday and last night as the stormed move into an area of hostile upper air winds.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the storm's center.

The immediate threat this weekend will be large swells and risky rip currents along the East Coast due to the storm.

"It will be mid to late next week where we'll have to pay close attention".

The storm is expected to regain hurricane strength in the next 48 hours.

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. However, the system is worth watching as we get into next week as it nears the Lesser Antilles. It is about 1,400 miles east of South Florida. However, this storm is forecast to dissipate in a few days.

Olivia is expected to approach the main Hawaiian Islands early next week, but it is too early to determine the magnitude of the potential impacts. Remember, impacts from a tropical system can and do occur miles away from the center.

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