Unsettled weather this weekend — FORECAST

Unsettled weather this weekend — FORECAST

Large swells are effecting Bermuda as the storm moves west, according to the hurricane center. Gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend, and Florence is expected to become a hurricane again by Sunday and a major hurricane early next week. Less northward component of motion increases the probability that Florence misses the weakness and does not recurve into the open waters of the Atlantic.

Florence is still sitting in an area of significant wind shear, which has kept the storm from strengthening. It appears the high pressure filling in behind Florence will extend far enough south to block this system from turning north. The storm is expected to approach the southeast U.S. Coast on Thursday. The WFMY News 2 Weather team predicts it may get uncomfortably close to the East Coast by the middle of next week.

"It is still too early to determine impacts (if any) to the Eastern Seaboard".

Tropical Storm Florence, now churning across the Atlantic Ocean, is increasingly likely to strike the East Coast late this week as a major hurricane. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, and was moving to the west at 13 miles per hour.

Forecasters expect the storm to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Cabo Verde Islands on Saturday night. Locally, up to 8 inches of rain is expected in the Cabo Verde Islands.

“All the while, sea surface temperatures will be gradually increasing to between 28 to 29C (82.4 to 84.2F), and perhaps more importantly, oceanic heat content values will double in three to four days, ” the NHC site added.

Tropical Depression Nine was meandering about 1,755 miles east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

It appears that Florence will slow down as it turns around the west end of the bubble of high pressure. For now, in Florida we will watch how things develop in the next few days.

Forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to become a tropical storm by late Saturday afternoon, at which point it would be named Isaac.

The Pacific Ocean is also lively this weekend.

Olivia is expected to move west-northwest through Saturday, before turning more westward on Sunday. Otherwise, neither storm will impact land over the next five days. Remember, impacts from a tropical system can and do occur miles away from the center.

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