Major Hurricane Likely to Hit East Coast Late This Week

08 September, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Several potential storms are heading West from Africa as the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues

In its 8 a.m. advisory on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Florence, which had weakened a bit due to wind shear, is rebounding as predicted.

Wherever Florence ends up going, we will feel some of the effects along the coast and those effects will begin this weekend with rough surf, large swells, and a risk of rip currents.

Just where the storm will head is still uncertain, but computer models used by the center's specialists to forecast track indicated a USA landfall looked increasingly likely.

But as a precaution, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday issued a state of emergency so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly, waiving certain transportation restrictions. The storm's maximum sustained winds are 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and it is moving west at 13 miles per hour (20 kph). The storm is expected to approach the southeast U.S. Coast on Thursday.

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But increasing wind shear, as Helene drifts further west, should weaken her at the start of the work week. Earlier this week, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. This will accelerate the hurricane toward the middle of the U.S. East Coast. She is now a tropical storm but is expected to regain hurricane intensity very quickly and could be a major hurricane by early next week.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a tropical storm later today, over the eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said. Helene has winds of 45 mph, and is 330 miles from the Cabo Verde Islands.

Forecasters expect the storm to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Cabo Verde Islands on Saturday night.

Tropical depression No. 9, soon to be named Tropical Storm Isaac, is looking more organized Saturday morning and will soon reach tropical-storm strength. A gradual turn toward the west-northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected early next week. Additional strengthening is forecast for the next couple of days and Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday. After passing the Cabo Verde Islands the system was not expected to pose a direct threat to land for at least several days. It is about 1,400 miles east of South Florida.

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