Tropical Storm Helene Moving Westward Toward Southern Cabo Verde Islands

Hurricane Florence weakens but could threaten U.S. coast next week

Hurricane Florence weakens but could threaten U.S. coast next week

"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. It's likely that Florence will be a rather strong hurricane, and it will begin to angle to the northwest again.

"The models at this stage are all over the place", Lamb said Thursday night.

Hawkins said while it's far too early to expect the worst, it never hurts to prepare for it.

"It's coming from the southeast, so it's probably going to impact all of them", Hawkins said. This includes rip currents on the SC coast as early as Sunday. Often, the storm's path will fall somewhere within that cone, but if you watch the updates religiously like we weather geeks do, you'll notice even the cone moves with each new model run. It had once seemed likely the hurricane's eye would pass north of Bermuda; it's now predicted to pass south of the island.

The first part of next week ill be hot with highs ranging in the low 90s, Moss said.

The National Hurricane Center on Friday was showing a projected path for Florence that could take the storm along the North Carolina coast.

If the storm did hit the US, it would be an unprecedented event: Since 1851, 33 named storms have been within 100 miles of Florence's current position, and none of these storms made USA landfall, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach.

Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season before slowing down a bit - with its maximum sustained winds decreasing to near 65 miles per hour, the NOAA reported.

It was expected to slow down on Thursday and move more toward the west, according to the hurricane center. They will be named Helene and Isaac, when they achieve sufficient organization, which is expected.

Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, "Helene", has formed in the eastern Atlantic off the western coast of Africa. Formation chance in 48 hours was at 10 percent, and formation chance over the next five days was 50 percent.

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