Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

The cyclone is bound for the US east coast

The cyclone is bound for the US east coast

Hurricane Florence regained Category 1 strength on September 9 as it continued to track to the U.S. East Coast, according to U.S weather officials.

Florence is expected to be back at Cat 4 as it approaches the Atlantic Coast this Wednesday to Thursday.

Advisories warning of unsafe beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Governors in both SC and Virginia declared a state of emergency Saturday to give their states time to prepare for the possible arrival of the storm. Dave Loewenthal of the National Weather Service's Wilmington office told the Wilmington Star Sunday that it could take another two days before experts know exactly where the storm will hit land.

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have declared states of emergency.

A BWS spokesman said: “Bermuda should remain outside the radius of tropical storm force winds and the only significant impact is expected to be rough to very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially along the South Shore.”. At 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, Florence had top sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) and was centered about 720 miles (1,160 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda while moving westward at 7 mph (11 kph).

South Carolina's Emergency Management Division also advised coastal residents to start making contingency plans.

Hennen said computer models agree Florence is on track to hit the Carolinas.

Tropical Storm Isaac formed late Saturday afternoon in the Atlantic, between Tropical Storm Florence and Tropical Storm Helene. Loewenthal said the waters off the North Carolina coast are in the mid-to-upper 80s, which would allow the storm to maintain its strength.

Norwegian Cruise Line said it had to change the itinerary of a Bermuda-bound ship - adding stops in the Maritimes - because of the storm.

Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are 75km/h and it is moving west at 20km/h, according to The National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Graphic illustration and forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac as at September 9 2018.

Another "life-threatening impact" from Florence could be freshwater flooding from prolonged heavy rainfall inland, the center said. Admiral Christopher Grady said ships can better weather "storms of this magnitude when they are underway".

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