Storm Florence weakens, but likely to regain hurricane strength: NHC

Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on the East Coast but it is still too early to tell

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But increased wind shear over the open Atlantic - the storm is more than 1,600 miles from the East Coast - has weakened Florence to a tropical storm, with 65 mph winds as of 5 p.m. Friday. The weakening should level off shortly if it hasn't already and then we expect Florence to start strengthening again over the weekend. "Florence may begin to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week".

A ridge of high pressure moving in from the central U.S.is expected to move toward the Northeast by midweek.

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New models show Florence is posing an increasing threat to the East Coast and the chances are now higher it will have direct effects Wednesday through Friday anywhere between Florida and southern New England, including the tristate area. The forecast track shows Florence's forecast path approaching the southeast US coastline late next week.

Problem: Florence's long-term track remains highly uncertain.

The low-pressure trough due east of Georgia and the Carolinas was producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms.

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Large swells from Florence are expected to hit Bermuda starting Friday, and portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend. The storm's maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour and it was moving west at 12 miles per hour. Helene will pass close to or perhaps over the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands Saturday night and Sunday. It will affect the Cabo Verde Islands, possibly as a hurricane this weekend. It's forecast to become a hurricane by Monday. If these disturbance become tropical storms, they will be named Helene and Isaac.

"Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour".

Lamb said some impact from the hurricane is likely. Hawkins said the office will begin sending out regular PowerPoints on the storm's movement to local emergency officials and media, and additional National Weather Service staff will be brought in early next week.

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