Powerful hurricane could be headed to U.S.

Major Hurricane Likely to Hit East Coast Late This Week

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and The Bahamas, Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern us coast on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence had re-strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Sunday as it was located about 710 miles (1,142 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda.

The National Hurricane Center also warned that Florence could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along the East Coast, from Florida to North Carolina.

The NHC said Florence is forecast to strengthen over the weekend, becoming a hurricane again by Sunday.

Behind Isaac is Tropical Storm Helene, which was moving across the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands off West Africa on Sunday morning and will become a hurricane late on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

It is forecast to approach the southeastern US coast on Thursday.

The hurricane centre said it was still too early to predict its exact path.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday evening and urged residents to prepare for the worst over the weekend.

Swells generated by Florence were affecting Bermuda and starting to reach parts of the US East Coast.

U.S. residents from SC to Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increasing risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland.

Forecasters say it's too soon to tell where the storm will go because there's still a lot of uncertainty in its long-term track.

Currently, there are no coastal warnings or watches for the storm.

As of Saturday afternoon, Florence had winds of 70 miles per hour and was crawling to the west at 5 miles per hour.

McMaster said SC residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Admiral Christopher Grady said ships can better weather "storms of this magnitude when they are underway".

As Florence moves west, the wind shear will decrease, allowing Florence to become more organized and intensify.

Meanwhile, over the Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Olivia is approaching Hawaii with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

Tropical storm Helene is presenting the most imminent danger as it tracks towards the western coast of the African continent, around the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

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