Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Gov. Cooper issues emergency orders in advance of storm to help farmers

Gov. Cooper issues emergency orders in advance of storm to help farmers

"Little change in intensity is expected during the next day or so, but restrengthening is forecast over the weekend, " the hurricane center's advisory said.

Of interest to forecasters is which direction Florence will go over the next several days.

It's not yet clear whether Florence will threaten the United States, although forecast tracks show it could make landfall along the Carolinas.

"However, with a high level of certainty, the East Coast will begin receiving fore-runner swells from Florence this weekend".

In its 8 a.m. advisory Thursday, the Hurricane Center forecast that environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical depression is expected to form within the next few days while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

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As of the 5 p.m. advisory Friday from the National Hurricane Center, Florence has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and is moving to the west at 8 miles per hour.

This is likely due to wind shear, or strong opposing winds whipping over that portion of the Atlantic that can tear storms apart.

But East Coast residents can feel reassured about one thing: More than 75 storms have passed within 200 miles of Florence's current location in the Atlantic since hurricane records began in the 1850s, and not a single one made a USA landfall.

North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast. This vantage point allows us to marvel at the weather as never before and see everything from hurricanes, to dust storms, to electrifying thunderstorms from space.

The National Hurricane Center said despite Florence eventual path, large swells will begin to affect Bermuda on Friday and the U.S. East Coast this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surfs and rip currents. It had once seemed likely the hurricane's eye would pass north of Bermuda; it's now predicted to pass south of the island.

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