Publicado: Lun, Setiembre 10, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say

Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say

The storm was centered about 905 miles (1,457 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 8 mph (13 kph).

The NHC said the vast storm had maximum sustained winds of almost 120 kmh as it tracked west-northwestward across the western Atlantic.

However, the hurricane was soon downgraded to a tropical storm after its winds rapidly weakened down to 70 miles per hour.

Florence is expected to become a major hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, September 9, 2018, due to the presence of Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean.

With an eye on Hurricane Florence, governors in Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a risky storm.

Swells generated by Florence were affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the U.S. East Coast.

The Ministry said the Emergency Broadcast station on 100.1fm is in operation, and official information will continue to be released by the Bermuda Weather Service, the Emergency Measures Organisation, the Ministry of National Security and the Department of Communications.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday evening.

While the track of Tropical Storm Florence is still uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that Virginia may see significant impacts from this storm next week.

The states of North and SC and Virginia have already issued emergency declarations to help speed preparations.

The NHC in Miami also said on Sunday morning that Tropical Storm Isaac was centered about 1,470 miles east of the Windward Islands. Advisories warning of unsafe beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening hazards from storm surge and heavy rainfall from the Carolinas into the mid-Atlantic region", the hurricane center tweeted.

Florence predicted to strengthen into a category four hurricane as it approaches the East Coast of the United States. "Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway", said U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Christopher Grady, according to Military.com.

The three tropical systems - Florence, Isaac and Helene - come right before the Atlantic hurricane season hits its peak Monday.

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