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Hurricane Florence could cause unsafe surf along USA coast

08 September 2018

However, much uncertainty remained Friday night as to the storm's eventual track, NOAA said. Residents of the Cabo Verde Islands were advised to monitor the development of the system.

History shows it is unlikely that a storm as far north as Florence would hit the S.C. coast.

The storm is entirely unlikely to hit oil production or delivery terminals but it may have economic impacts.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a couple of other tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic that it says are likely to develop into tropical storms in the next several days. That marked a drop from one day earlier, when Florence suddenly strengthened and sustained winds hit 130 miles per hour - making it the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

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He added that Florence does not appear to be taking a track similar to any historical hurricanes. Hurricane Florence - in the middle of the Atlantic - is of most concern since some long-range computer model forecasts bring it close or over the East Coast of the US next week.

"While it is too early to change plans, all interests in Bermuda and along the East Coast of the USA should closely monitor the movement of Florence over this weekend and next week", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Now the storm sits several hundred miles east-south east of Bermuda, but is traveling on a west north-westerly course, which puts Bermuda in its direct path.

"Swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda on Friday and will reach portions of the US East Coast over the weekend".

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About 70 percent of the 70 simulations from the American (blue lines in the graphic below) and European (red lines in the graphic below) modeling systems predict the storm to make landfall along the East Coast. If Florence gets trapped under that high, it will be deflected toward the East Coast.

Keep in mind that we don't know yet the exact track of this storm. The system is expected to move little over the next few days and has a low chance of becoming a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Centre in the United States reported that wind shear, which sapped Florences strength, would dwindle as the storm continued into warmer seas, with its intensity “likely to increase significantly”.

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Hurricane Florence could cause unsafe surf along USA coast