With September fulfilling the promises of peak hurricane season, residents are reminded to take the appropriate precautions for hurricane season - such as having emergency kits ready and knowing your hurricane plan - even if the storms are not now projected to hit Northwest Florida. While forecasters were careful to cite "high uncertainty" and "low model confidence" last week, their tone changed after watching the storm's eventual path barely shift from what they had considered to be the worst-case scenario.
Local impacts from Florence are not expected, according to the National Weather Service Tallahassee.
The National Hurricane Center says Florence is expected to become a major hurricane within a day as it crawls closer to the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. Forecasters also warned that the threat of a life-threatening storm surge was rising.
A BWS spokesman said: Bermuda should remain outside the radius of tropical storm force winds and the only significant impact is expected to be rough to very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially along the South Shore.. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based center said. And there will be little wind shear to disrupt the thunderstorm development at its core.
Authorities in the Carolinas are warning residents to prepare for a potential disaster as Hurricane Florence gains strength ahead a potential landfall later in the week.
The hurricane was located about 560 miles (905 kilometers) northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
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Panovich said he expects Florence to approach the southeast coast on Thursday.
In these coastal areas, heavy surf and elevated water levels arrive by Wednesday morning, and rainfall could begin by Thursday morning.
Here is a look at the earliest arrival time of tropical storm force winds. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter coastal locations Thursday into Friday.
Florence could sit over some part of the Mid-Atlantic for several days, similar to what Harvey did past year over eastern Texas. It could reasonably occur anywhere between the mountains and the coast. Right now, the storm is expected to stay out in the Atlantic, never coming near the United States. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
That formal request to Trump included this: "The potential storm surge, strong winds, and rainfall pose threats beyond state capability to manage including need for widespread search and rescue, rescue from swift water, long term sheltering operations, air operations in support of life saving and life sustaining missions, assistance with transportation of vulnerable populations, support for areas without power or drinking water, and other unforeseen consequences of the historic hurricane to which the state is now vulnerable".
Hurricane Helene, was spinning in the Atlantic off West Africa's Cabo Verde Islands with 85-mph (140-kph) winds on Sunday, but did not appear to pose an immediate threat to land.