Florence regains hurricane strength as it aims towards the Carolinas

Two Weather Systems Are Developing In Atlantic; Advisories Could Be Issued Today -

Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday, weather forecasters said.

"With this order government agencies will begin to mobilize in anticipation of a hurricane", McMaster said.

North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast. "While we don't yet know what the path of this storm will be, it is never too early to prepare yourself, your family, and your home".

The storm crossed the hurricane threshold Sunday morning, with winds climbing just above the 75 miles per hour threshold.

According to officials, Florence has already created swells that are affecting Bermuda and are expected to affect portions o the States, resulting in "life-threatening surf and rip currents".

Florence is expected to strengthen to a hurricane later this morning. It's about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda, with maximum-sustained winds of 70 mph.

"I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now", Northam said.

"The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the US East Coast next week has increased".

The Carolina coast needs to brace for impact Thursday and Friday.

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Florence was declared this season's first major hurricane after it quickly developed into Category 3 strength last Wednesday.

"All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States", the NHC said.

At 5 o'clock Sunday morning, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 north and longitude 38.1 west.

Florence was forecast to become a Category 3 hurricane by Monday with sustained winds of more than 110 miles per hour.

Another storm, Helene, is tracking off the Cabo Verde Islands.

Tropical Storm Florence is expected to approach the U.S. East Coast next week.

Florence will become a unsafe hurricane Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday.

It comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought "almost biblical rains" to the Big Island and also left parts of Oahu flooded.

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