Tropical Storm Florence Expected to Re-Strengthen as It Nears the East Coast

Florence weakened to a tropical storm overnight but continues to creep closer to the United States. And where and when it might strike remains a mystery.

Still almost 1,800 miles from the East Coast, the tropical storm remains a week away from a potential U.S. landfall, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

After this brief weakening trend, it’s forecast to restrengthen into a powerful Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph winds as it nears the U.S.

“It is far too soon to speculate what, if any, impacts Florence may have on the U.S. East Coast next week,” the hurricane center said Thursday afternoon.

But in the meantime, waves from the distant storm will soon start to affect coastal communities.

“Regardless of Florence’s eventual track, large swells emanating from the hurricane will reach Bermuda beginning on Friday and portions of the U.S. East Coast this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents,” the hurricane center said.

Florence had winds of 60 mph Friday morning and was moving west at 7 mph.

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Source: USA Today