Unsettled weather this weekend — FORECAST

Unsettled weather this weekend — FORECAST

The storm was centered about 835 miles (1340 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 7 mph (11 kph).

The deadly rip currents plaguing the North Carolina coast will worsen this weekend as Hurricane Florence edges closer to landfall, experts say.

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.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state of emergency Friday evening, calling on residents, specifically farmers, to prepare for the gathering storm.

Florence, which was at hurricane strength earlier this week before weakening to a tropical storm, had maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today and a hurricane by early next week. This, unfortunately will mean that Florence has a much higher chance of affecting the USA east coast by later in the week.

Florence is still sitting in an area of significant wind shear, which has kept the storm from strengthening.

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

It is looking increasingly likely that Florence could hit the East Coast late next week.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are 75km/h and it is moving west at 20km/h, according to The National Hurricane Center in Miami.

First up there's Tropical Storm Florence. Helene has winds of 45 mph, and is 330 miles from the Cabo Verde Islands.

'This setup will guide Florence on a west to northwesterly course into next week'.

Tropical-storm warnings have been issued for the southern Cabo Verde Islands.

Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go.

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. After passing the Cabo Verde Islands the system was not expected to pose a direct threat to land for at least several days.

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