The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center is predicting that Hurricane Florence will gain strength as it continues to move west-northwest at 9 mph. An increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.
The NHC is predicting that the storm will pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday, with a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday night or Thursday. At 5 a.m., the storm was about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda and 535 miles north-northeast of the northern leeward islands.
Satellite imagery shows maximum sustained winds nearing 105 mph with higher gusts expected. Florence is expected to develop into a major hurricane this morning and remain dangerous through Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend out to 125 miles. Swells generated by Florence are currently affecting Bermuda and will impact the east coast of the United States as the storm continues to move closer with dangerous surf and rip currents.