Hurricane Florence forms, to become "extremely dangerous" storm approaching United States

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. "A period of rapid strengthening (is expected) within the next 12-36 hours", NOAA says.

The U.S. Navy is making preparations this weekend for its ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave port as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the East Coast.

And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it's still too early to tell what the impact to the Carolinas might be.

However, the NHC says that swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the U.S. East Coast.

According to updates at 5am from the NHC, the center of Tropical Storm Florence was located near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 55.8 West.

The latest update shows Florence as a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency in preparation for Florence's potential impact.

Florence's precise path remained uncertain on Sunday, but the NHC said the "risk of direct impact" somewhere between Florida and North Carolina was increasing.

Meanwhile, two other tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin. Nine is moving slowly towards the west at 5 miles per hour with winds of 35 miles per hour.

According to an 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence's maximum sustained winds have intensified to 75 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.

The U.S. East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland, forecasters said Saturday. Florence will be an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane as it moves over western waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The government of the Cabo Verde Islands has discontinued the hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.

The probably path of Hurricane Florence as of September 9, 2018, estimating the landfall of the storm in the Carolinas at Thursday evening or Friday morning.

It comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought "almost biblical rains" to the Big Island and also left parts of Oahu flooded.

  • Joe Gonzales