Hurricane Florence Strengthens to a Category 4 as It Pummels Towards Bermuda as Forecasters Warn It Could Also Pose a Threat to the US East Coast

Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane of the season, is currently pummeling towards Bermuda as forecasters warn it could also pose a threat to the US East Coast.

The hurricane strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Wednesday with its maximum sustained winds estimated to be 130mph.

Hurricane Florence was centered about 1,295 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving northwest at 13 mph as of Wednesday afternoon.

The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season is expected to cause ‘life-threatening’ surf and rip current conditions in Bermuda by Friday but forecasters said it was too early to say whether it would hit land.

The National Hurricane Center said swells from Florence could also reach the East Coast by early next week.

Weather Channel hurricane expert Greg Postel warned people to keep monitoring all the latest on the major hurricane.

‘A close encounter with the United States is not unrealistic later next week,’ he tweeted.

If Florence does keep tracking towards the US, the hurricane could possible make landfall anywhere from the Carolinas to New England as early as Wednesday, AccuWeather reports.

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Source: Daily Mail