Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Watching Florence off the East Coast

Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast Hurricane Florence's Path Shifts Westward, Putting Bermuda On Notice
Edmund Robinson | 08 September, 2018, 17:10

Expect beach erosion and unsafe rip currents to hit the Jersey Shore and Long Island by Sunday and will continue through next week.

"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", he said in a written statement.

Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season before slowing down a bit - with its maximum sustained winds decreasing to near 65 miles per hour, the NOAA reported. By next Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center predicts Florence will be on the brink of Category 4 intensity with 130 miles per hour sustained winds.

Once these planes fly into the storm and survey it, our forecast models should show a clearer picture for the storm as it nears the East Coast next week. He went on to caution residents along the U.S. East Coast that it was too soon to determine "what, if any", impacts Florence could have in those areas.

The Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will generate swells that will affect Bermuda by Friday and the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.

Reid Hawkins, science officer for the National Weather Service's Wilmington office, said that even if waves do not look tall this weekend, there will be a great deal of energy in the water.




Mr Smith said that a hurricanes strongest winds lie in the storms “right forward quadrant” from its direction of movement.

Hurricane tracking models remains split in the longer term but they will likely begin tightening up in the coming days.

North Carolina already declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm on Friday. Again, much can change, but with our main models having Florence lurking off of the mid-Atlantic we must bring our concern up a notch. Since Florence is now a tropical storm, it is maintaining a more southerly and westerly track than thought.

In the meantime, his office is putting precautions in place.

Like Cooper, Cumberland County and Fayetteville emergency management official aren't waiting until next week to begin taking steps to prepare for a hurricane.

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