Tropical Storm Florence expected to become major hurricane by first of the week, tracking towards South Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Florence expected to become major hurricane by first of the week, tracking towards South Carolina coast

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Tropical Storm Florence is strengthening and forecast to become a hurricane by Sunday. The coast of South Carolina is preparing for possible impact.

...FLORENCE FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY SUNDAY...
...EXPECTED TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE AGAIN EARLY NEXT WEEK...


SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...24.5N 54.2W
ABOUT 840 MI...1350 KM SE OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 720 MI...1155 KM NE OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 265 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...14 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...997 MB...29.44 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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AT 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 24.5 NORTH, LONGITUDE 54.2 WEST. FLORENCE IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MPH (14 KM/H), AND THIS GENERAL
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS.  A WEST-
NORTHWESTWARD MOTION WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
BY EARLY NEXT WEEK AND CONTINUE INTO MIDDLE PART OF NEXT WEEK. ON
THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF FLORENCE WILL MOVE OVER THE WARM
WATERS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH (100 KM/H) WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. GRADUAL RESTRENGTHENING IS FORECAST OVER THE WEEKEND, AND
FLORENCE IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE AGAIN BY SUNDAY AND A
MAJOR HURRICANE EARLY NEXT WEEK.

TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES (220 KM)
FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 997 MB (29.44 INCHES).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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SURF:  SWELLS GENERATED BY FLORENCE ARE AFFECTING BERMUDA AND WILL
REACH PORTIONS OF THE U.S. EAST COAST OVER THE WEEKEND.  THESE
SWELLS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT
CONDITIONS.  PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

 

 

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