Florence strengthens to the third hurricane of the season

Hurricane Central

ATLANTIC OCEAN (WCBD) – Tuesday morning, Florence became the third hurricane of the 2018 season as sustained winds reached 75 mph.

The storm isn’t expected to stay a hurricane for long though as it enters into an area of higher wind shear over the open Atlantic. The forecast brings Florence back down to a tropical storm by Wednesday and it doesn’t look as though it re-intensifies into a hurricane until late in the weekend.

Right now, Florence is not a threat to any land mass. As the long range models are hinting that storm may miss any land in the Western Atlantic.

As of Tuesday, both the GFS and the Euro models show the storm being picked up by the edge of the Bermuda high and pulled north early next week, away from the East Coast of the US and Bermuda.

We continue to monitor the storm as it moves west-northwest over the next couple of days. 

As for the rest of the tropics, we closely monitor a tropical wave off the coast of African that has a high chance of becoming our next storm by the weekend. Plus, the models indicate at least two to three more waves move off the coast of Africa in the next two weeks. And we need to continue to keep a close eye on the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast Coast of the US for potential development.

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