CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) - As of the 5 AM update on Sunday morning, Florence was still a strong tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. Winds of 74 mph are need to be classified as a category one hurricane.
Florence is expected to become a hurricane later today and continue to rapidly intensify to a category 3 hurricane on Monday.
The storm is about 765 miles southeast of Bermuda and 640 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. Florence continues to track west slowly at around 6 mph. However, an increase in forward speed is expected by Monday as well as a slight turn to the west-northwest.
The track is slightly north of what it was on Saturday. And the models are trending a little further north this morning as well. However, a shift back to the south is not out of the question. The models do spread out beyond day three, which is Tuesday. So it's still to early to say exactly where along the east coast Florence impacts.
Areas from North Florida to North Carolina need to continue to monitor this storm. Impacts somewhere within this region will see impacts from Florence Thursday night into Friday morning. Florence is expected to be a powerful and dangerous category three or four storm as it nears the coast.
Stay tuned to Storm Team 2 for the latest updates on Florence.