Tropical Storm Helene forms in eastern Atlantic

Doug Carpenter
September 8, 2018

In keeping with Septembers status as the height of hurricane season, Florence was one of four systems dotted around the Atlantic — including a trough of showers and thunderstorms southwest of Bermuda, and two tropical depressions headed west from Africa.

Late Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper late Friday declared a state of emergency. The storm is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

However, both the NHC and AccuWeather said experts expect her to gain strength this weekend and become a hurricane again as she moves over much warmer water on what's expected to be a 3,500-mile trip. Here's the latest on Florence and its projected path.

A ridge of high pressure moving in from the central expected to move toward the Northeast by midweek. The forecast track shows Florence's forecast path approaching the southeast USA coastline late next week.

The storm is looking more likely to threaten parts of the East Coast.

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.

And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it's still too early to tell what the impact to the Carolinas might be.

Florence could cause unsafe surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Helene is in the Far Eastern Atlantic, just off the African Coast. It has peak sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. The storm is moving west at 13 miles per hour. A direct hit by a significant hurricane remains possible along the Mid-Atlantic Coasts.

Helene will likely become a hurricane next week.

In the Pacific Ocean, while Tropical Storm Norman is not expected to hit Hawaii, Hurricane Olivia could hit the islands next week, potentially as a tropical storm, the hurricane center said.

Florence, moving east to west, packs the strongest winds in its northwestern quadrant as a result.

Florence's forecast track overlaid on a map of current sea surface temperature.

"It's coming from the southeast, so it's probably going to impact all of them", Hawkins said.

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

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