Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

According to the 5 a.m. update on the storm, "Florence is forecast to be a unsafe major hurricane near the southeast us coast by late this week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase". NHC added that the risk of direct impact from the storm along the U.S. East Coast over the next week has increased, but it is too soon to determine location, magnitude and timing of the impact. The storm was centered about 765 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 mph (9 kph).

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus warned on Twitter that it could become one of the worst storms in United States history.

Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning as the storm charted an uncertain path toward the Unites States' East Coast.

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"Now is the time for your family also to prepare and stay tuned for more updates", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. The storm was centered about 1,270 kilometers southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 9 kph.

The tropical storm could begin to batter the southeastern USA by late on Wednesday, with Florence possibly making landfall around the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday.

The governor's office said the order was meant to mobilize resources in preparation for the storm. If the hurricane makes landfall with those winds - which is possible but not certain - "most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months".

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.

Meteorologists are also tracking two tropical storms which formed off the coast of Africa.

- Florence is now a hurricane and forecasters say it could hit the U.S. East Coast as a powerful hurricane next week.

Forecasters said it is now around 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands and is carrying winds of 65mph (100kph).

Officials in North Carolina were already bracing for impact. Tropical storm force winds could be felt in Charlotte from this system. The Hurricane Center is predicting a storm at Category 4 strength within a couple hundred miles of the coast on Thursday.

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