Tropical Storm Florence continued to get stronger as it moved toward the U.S. Southeast early Sunday, Sept. 9, with forecasters predicting it will become "a risky major hurricane" by Monday. The official track from the National Hurricane Center now takes Florence well south of Bermuda on Tuesday and continues heading west on Wednesday towards the southeastern United States. The storm was centred about 810 miles (1305 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 5 mph (7 kph). So, again, while this storm could bring a major blow to North Carolina - mainly coastal and eastern sections - Florence is NOT looking like another Hugo for us.
This map from the National Hurricane Center shows the projected path of Tropical Storm Florence on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
A map showing tropical cyclones and disturbances in the Atlantic region, published by the NOAA National Weather Service Hurricane Center on September 9, 2018.
The NWS advises people to review their hurricane plans and monitor the storm closely. As of Saturday morning, Florence is a tropical storm.
The truth is Florence still has a long ways to go, hundreds and thousands of miles to travel and it is simply too early to forecast with any certainty a likely landfall area.
Tropical storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late on Saturday, weather forecasters said.
"Large swells and high threats of rip currents associated with Tropical Storm Florence will produce life-threatening ocean conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) beaches", the statement said.
His announcement followed on the heels of North Carolina's state of emergency, declared Friday night by Gov. Roy Cooper.
Currently, Florence is moving to the west near 7 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. a general west to northwestward motion is expected to continue for the next several days with an increase in forward motion expected by mid-week.
Two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also had high chances of developing into tropical storms, forecasters said.