Florence Will Be the Storm to Watch Next Week

Florence Will Be the Storm to Watch Next Week
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Tropical Storm Florence September 8th 4 PM Advisory

While we continue to get the remnants of Gordon out of here tonight and into Sunday, our main focus out in the Tropics will be Tropical Storm Florence. It may be sitting in the open waters of the Atlantic, but it’s on the move & gaining strength. The 4 PM CST Advisory today had Florence with sustained wind speeds of 70 mph and a minimum pressure of 989 millibars. As it continues its westward trajectory tonight and into Sunday, it’ll strengthen back into a Category 1 Hurricane. Even though it remains over open water early in the week, it is forecast to become a Category 4 storm with wind speeds of 145 mph by Wednesday. By Thursday, the latest guidance continues to suggest landfall somewhere in the southeastern United States. Since expected landfall is just under a week away, many questions remain over how Florence will exactly travel over the Atlantic before it turns northwest. With many forecast guidance models and many members in the ECMWF ensemble showing numerous scenarios by Thursday and Friday, it remains uncertain where Florence could make landfall. If you know anyone (or have any interests) along the coast from Savannah, GA to Cape Hatteras along the North Carolina coast, be sure you and people you know out there are paying close attention to Florence. We’ll continue to keep an eye on Florence as we roll through next week.