Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Astronaut captures photos of ominous-looking Hurricane Florence from space

Several potential storms are heading West from Africa as the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues Storm season peaks: Hurricane Florence still far from landfall, uncertainty remains for East Coast
Charlie Simmons | 08 September, 2018, 16:23

The National Hurricane Center has expressed a reasonable amount of confidence in the forecast track and strength of Florence over the next five days, but in a recent advisory Hurricane Specialist Eric Blake said the uncertainty beyond day 5 is "very large".

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 United States landfall. If that happens, the question will become, will the blocking high be strong enough and wide enough to push the hurricane all the way to the coast, or will it move aside to allow Florence to turn north just before it impacts the eastern seaboard?

Florence's wind speed have decreased and as of Friday the tropical storm has had a maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, down from 140 miles per hour, but is expected to strengthen in the next coming days.

The probable path of Hurricane Florence now has the storm's eye passing south of Bermuda. Florence, because of its weaker state, has been moving along toward the west.

"While it is too early to change plans, all interests in Bermuda and along the East Coast of the US should closely monitor the movement of Florence over this weekend and next week", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said. Sustained winds had slowed to 65 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, two tropical waves off the African coast have become better organized, and forecasters give them 90 percent chances of tropical development in the next two days.

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Hubbard said so far this year, the Atlantic season has been fairly average, but it's been busier in the Pacific.

The risk of impact on the U.S. East Coast from Florence next week has increased, the Miami-based weather forecaster added.

Effects along the East Coast could begin to be felt this weekend, the NOAA's National Hurricane Center warned.

The Emergency Measures Organisation, which is expected to meet on Monday, announced that public transport, schools and government offices would operate as normal that day.

Tropical Storm Helene formed quickly after moving off the African coast Friday.

Weatherman Jason Caterina from Pinpoint weather warned that Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, could make landfall as a hurricane over North Carolina next week.

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