The first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, Florence on Wednesday afternoon had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on Thursday morning and is expected to remain a strong hurricane through next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Its winds peaked at 130mph, which made it a Category 4 hurricane.
There is still uncertainty in the long term track but Florence is likely to be upgraded to a potential threat to Bermuda later today due to it coming within 400 nautical miles (460 miles) in the following 72 hours..
Tropical Storm Helene formed late on Friday night.
Hubbard said with this storm it's hard to confidently say what it's going to do two days from now, let alone where it will be next week. "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. And while its long-term path is still uncertain, the storm is expected to begin affecting parts of the U.S. East Coast over the next few days.
Despite weakening on Wednesday, Florence has already started to rebound as the wind shear relaxes.
Florence's forecast track overlaid on a map of current sea surface temperature.
There is more tropical activity beyond Florence, so it's not a bad idea to think about this anyway.
The deadly rip currents plaguing the North Carolina coast will worsen this weekend as Hurricane Florence edges closer to landfall, experts say. It's wise to have a plan ready to go in case a storm should strike.
As of right now, not much is known about what the hurricane is going to do next.
The state emergency office recommends that kits have enough supplies for every person in your household for three to seven days. Do you have trees that could fall on your house during a windstorm?
"The tropics are becoming very active, which is typical since next week is the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season". The westernmost wave is the one to most closely monitor, as models keep it at low latitudes, potentially reaching the Lesser Antilles by Thursday.