Florence continues to intensify and East Coast landfall appears imminent (free access)

The cyclone is bound for the US east coast

As it slowly continues to move west, it will encounter more favorable conditions, such as a decrease in wind shear and warmer sea surface temperatures, which will lead to Florence strengthening into a hurricane Sunday, and rapid intensification Monday. Now traveling over warm water, the storm is expected to increase in speed and become a hurricane by the end of Saturday night according to the National Hurricane Center.

Risky swells generated by Florence were expected to batter Bermuda early in the week, as well as parts of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

A confluence of storms this close together is notable, according to NHC scientist Eric Blake.

Sunday morning, Florence re-gained hurricane strength. It's about 810 miles southeast of Bermuda, with maximum-sustained winds of 70 mph. It's too soon to determine if Florence will hit land, where it might hit and what the magnitude of the winds might be.

The U.S. Navy is making preparations this weekend for its ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave port.

United States residents from sc to Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increasing risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the declaration in a news release Friday evening as the storm neared Bermuda. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, September 9, 2018, due to the presence of Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Also on the move is a tropical wave that is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa on Friday.

The latest forecast shows Florence nearing the U.S. East Coast as a Category 4 hurricane with 140 miles per hour winds on Thursday.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and South Carolina's Emergency Management Division urged South Carolina residents to begin preparing their property for Florence's effects.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre.

As Tropical Storm Florence heads toward the USA coast, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

- Florence strengthened in the Atlantic Sunday and again became a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update. The current projected path could bring this system over the Lesser Antilles during the latter part of next week.

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