Hurricane Florence's Path Shifts Westward, Putting Bermuda On Notice

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Tropical Storm Florence's weakening appears to have stopped and is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane by Saturday night or Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

"We're certainly monitoring the storm", Bullard said.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on the East Coast but it is still too early to tell. The forecast track has the storm strengthening to a hurricane next week as is tracks west.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are now juggling predictions for two tropical storms, Helene and Florence, a tropical depression and another low-pressure area that popped up Friday between the US mainland and Florence.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that the State Emergency Operations Center will activate Monday to monitor the storm and respond as needed. It was about 2,000 miles from the United States coastline, still too far out for a confident landfall prediction.

Florence is now 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.

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At 11 a.m., Tropical Storm Florence was about 935 miles east south-east of Bermuda and 865 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, moving towards the west at eight miles per hour.

He said: "Florence has taken quite a hit overnight, It was a Category 4 storm Wednesday night and has dropped down to Category 2 this morning". Sustained winds had slowed to 65 miles per hour.

"Swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda on Friday and will reach portions of the US East Coast over the weekend".

The intensity of the storm "is likely to increase significantly" in the coming days, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had once seemed likely the hurricane's eye would pass north of Bermuda; it's now predicted to pass south of the island.

According to the latest Accuweather forecast the expected indirect impact of Florence may evolve into a serious direct threat. If these disturbance become tropical storms, they will be named Helene and Isaac.

"We're still anywhere from five to six days away from feeling the impact", Morrow said.

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