Helene Strengthens Into Hurricane, Expected To Become More Severe

Helene Strengthens Into Hurricane, Expected To Become More Severe”

Hurricane Florence regained Category 1 strength on September 9 as it continued to track to the U.S. East Coast, according to U.S weather officials.

The Miami-based center said that it was still too early to predict the hurricane's exact path but that a huge coastal area from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should prepare for a major strike late in the week.

"The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased".

Virginia has declared a state of emergency Saturday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Florence and its potential impact, according to a statement from Gov. Ralph Northam. A state of emergency was declared in sc and Virginia to give officials and residents enough time to prepare for Florence if it hits the area. "A period of rapid strengthening (is expected) within the next 12-36 hours", NOAA says.

At the moment, swells from Florence are affecting Bermuda and parts the US East Coast.

Florence was 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

With the region now in Florence's tentative projected path, weather officials are advising area residents to start making preparations.

Two other systems, Tropical Storm Helene and Tropical Depression Nine, are also spinning in central and eastern Pacific Ocean. "Florence continues on a track to impact the USA mainland by Thursday or Friday".

The hurricane center said it was still too early to predict its exact path.

Improving atmospheric conditions were expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength. The storm is moving west at 7 miles per hour.

Florence was a Category 4 hurricane last week, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season.

Behind Isaac is Tropical Storm Helene, which was moving across the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands off West Africa on Sunday morning and will become a hurricane late on Sunday, the hurricane center said. Forecasters predicted it would become a unsafe Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday. Florence's immediate threat for residents includes large ocean swells, unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding.

Loewenthal said the area should prepare to see impacts, including rough surf and risky rip currents, as early as Sunday.

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