Powerful hurricane could be headed to southeast US

The cyclone is bound for the US east coast

Weather forecasters now report that they believe Tropical Storm Florence will become a hurricane again as it approaches the East Coast of the United States.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but officials say it is expected to become a hurricane by Monday.

The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready.

The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, and two tropical storms, Helene and Isaac.

Unsafe swells generated by Florence were expected to batter Bermuda early in the week, as well as parts of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

Florence has sustained winds of 70 mph on Sunday morning and is located 765 miles southeast of Bermuda.

"I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now", Northam said.




The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have declared respective states of emergency in their states ahead of Florence's predicted landfall.

"The risk of direct impacts continues to increase", the center said in a key message posted on its website.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Sunday that coastal and inland residents alike need to get ready for potentially heavy rainfall and flooding from the storm. Some forecast models have shown Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the Miami-based hurricane center said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65 miles per hour.

SC coastal areas can expect tropical storm force winds by Thursday morning on the storm's latest track, according to John Quagliariello from the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Spaghetti models are in a general agreement of landfall on the U.S. East Coast somewhere along SC and North Carolina.

Florence has 70 miles per hour sustained winds, but the advisory said, "Florence is expected to become a hurricane (Sunday) and rapid intensification is likely to begin by tonight". The current projected path could bring this system over the Lesser Antilles during the latter part of next week.

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