TROPICS: Helene, Florence to become hurricanes this weekend

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By next Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center predicts Florence will be on the brink of Category 4 intensity with 130 miles per hour sustained winds.

According to meteorologist Ryan Maue, there may be a chance that the storm could turn away.

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria wreaked a significant amount of damage, costing the government $200 billion, and claimed more than 100 lives. Again, much can change, but with our main models having Florence lurking off of the mid-Atlantic we must bring our concern up a notch.

Wind shear will lessen over the weekend, and Florence should regain major hurricane intensity (Category 3 or greater) by early next week - as the storm moves northwest, getting closer to the United States coastline by the day.


Tropical Storm Helene formed late on Friday night. The question of where Florence would make landfall and how strong the cyclone would be is too soon to be determined.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon were also dying off Thursday, with the storm downgraded to a depression as it moved inland over Mississippi. "The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased", according to the 11 a.m. NHC forecast discussion.

Winds peaked at 130 miles per hour Wednesday before weakening to 60 miles per hour on Friday.

Over the course of the past few days, social media posts showed snapshots of forecast models showing doom and gloom forecasts of showing Florence making landfall at one spot or another. AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski expects high pressures to strengthen Florence.


This time of year, it's always a good idea to check hurricane kits and begin thinking about what steps you might take if a hurricane were to hit New England.

Each line represents a computer model's best "guess" of where the center of the storm will go.

He said: "We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms". We will closely be monitoring its track in the coming days.


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