Florence could cause dan­ger­ous surf along US coast

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES - By Jennifer Kay Associated Press

MI­AMI — Florence could cause dan­ger­ous surf and rip cur­rents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this week­end as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, ac­cord­ing to fore­cast­ers at the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

Though weak­ened to a trop­i­cal storm, Florence was ex­pected to re­gain hur­ri­cane strength as it neared Ber­muda. Large swells were likely to start hit­ting the Bri­tish is­land ter­ri­tory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Fri­day.

Fore­cast­ers said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go. Some fore­cast mod­els showed Florence slam­ming into land by late next week, while oth­ers in­di­cated the storm would curve away from shore.

South Carolina’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­vi­sion said that, al­though it was too early to tell if the storm would have any im­pact on the state, it was ad­vis­ing coastal res­i­dents to start mak­ing con­tin­gency plans.

“The risk of other di­rect im­pacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has in­creased. How­ever, there is still very large un­cer­tainty in model fore­casts of Florence’s track beyond day (five), mak­ing it too soon to de­ter­mine the ex­act lo­ca­tion, mag­ni­tude, and tim­ing of these im­pacts,” hur­ri­cane spe­cial­ist Rob­bie Berg wrote in a fore­cast ad­vi­sory.

Im­prov­ing at­mo­spheric con­di­tions were ex­pected to al­low Florence to re­gain its for­mer strength. The storm reached ma­jor hur­ri­cane sta­tus Wed­nes­day, peak­ing with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 130 mph.

Mean­while, two low pres­sure sys­tems off the coast of Africa be­hind Florence also had high chances of de­vel­op­ing into trop­i­cal storms, fore­cast­ers said.

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