Hurricane Florence could pose East Coast threat


The first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, Florence on Wednesday afternoon had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The weakening should level off shortly if it hasn't already and then we expect Florence to start strengthening again over the weekend.

Over the course of the past few days, social media posts showed snapshots of forecast models showing doom and gloom forecasts of showing Florence making landfall at one spot or another.

"It is still too early to determine impacts (if any) to the Eastern Seaboard".

Hours after being upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, Florence was back down to tropical storm status, but forecasters say it will likely get stronger over the weekend as it gets closer to Bermuda.

While we still have a long way to go and there will be changes/fine tuning in the forecast, Hurricane Florence is running out of opportunities to evade the East Coast. Many of us are not prepared for what it would be like if a hurricane made landfall here.

Florence is now 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Foremost among those is Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane next week and looks increasingly likely to hit the East Coast. The storm is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

Even if Florence stays out to sea, models show numerous other systems developing over the Atlantic, nearly on cue as the hurricane season hits its peak on September 10. A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is forecast over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean early next week.

The good news is that Bermuda looks to be in the clear in terms of direct impacts from Florence as the storm passes to the south late on Monday.

Keep in mind these forecast models will continue to change, and nothing is set in stone.

The next name up in the storm rotation is Isaac.

As remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon make their way to northern Ohio, Lorain County officials are already warning residents about the dangers of the wet weather ahead.