Tropical Storm Florence gaining strength

08 September, 2018, 17:07 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast

Hurricane Florence - in the middle of the Atlantic - is of most concern since some long-range computer model forecasts bring it close or over the East Coast of the US next week. The thick bold red line is the average of all of the European model simulations, while the blue is the average of all the American model simulations. Accurate keeping of storm track records is a relatively recent activity, especially when you factor in satellite records. The average European model simulation has shifted its track from just off the Mid-Atlantic coast to onshore.

The wind shear that has weakened the storm will itself weaken and that coupled with the movement of the storm to warmer waters is what the Weather Channel says will increase the intensity of the storm early next week.

Florence is expected to become a hurricane today and a major hurricane by Monday or Tuesday. Long-term forecasts indicate the hurricane could have winds of 130 miles per hour by Tuesday.

Florence is likely to reintensify over the next few days. The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Regardless of track, Florence will causing hazardous surf/rip currents.”.

In general, a blocking high pressure system is forecast to build north of Florence.

Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast

Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on the East Coast but it is still too early to tell. Earlier this week, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. Plans need to be made in advance of the storm.

The state emergency office recommends that kits have enough supplies for every person in your household for three to seven days. Trim them now. Declutter drains and gutters.

Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, "Helene", has formed in the eastern Atlantic off the western coast of Africa. The weaker nature of the system has turned it more toward the west.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon were also dying off Thursday, with the storm downgraded to a depression as it moved inland over Mississippi.

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