Hurricane Florence (2018)
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Hurricane Florence is an active tropical cyclone in the Atlantic ocean. The sixth named storm, third hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Florence formed from a disorganized tropical wave off the coast of Senegal on August and initially threatened Cape Verde as a potential tropical cyclone. Florence rapidly intensified on September 5, becoming the first major hurricane of the season, and is currently moving northwest at 13 mph.
Current storm status
Category 4 hurricane (1-min mean)
|As of:||5:00 p.m. AST (21:00 UTC) September 5|
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± 10 nm
About 1,160 mi (1,865 km) ENE of the N Lesser Antilles
About 1,375 mi (2,205 km) ESE of Bermuda
|Sustained winds:||115 kt (130 mph; 215 km/h) (1-min mean)|
gusting to 135 kt (160 mph; 250 km/h)
|Pressure:||953 mbar (hPa; 28.26 inHg)|
|Movement:||NW at 11 kt (13 mph; 20 km/h)|
On August 28, the NHC first mentioned the possibility of tropical cyclone formation from a tropical wave expected to exit western Africa. Two days later, the tropical wave moved off the coast of Senegal with disorganized thunderstorms, and a well-defined low-pressure area. Due to the system's threat to the Cape Verde islands, the NHC initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Six at 15:00 UTC on August 30. The system organized into Tropical Depression Six at 21:00 UTC on August 31. Early on September 1, Tropical Depression Six strengthened into Tropical Storm Florence. Gradual intensification occurred as Florence continued west-northwestward across the central Atlantic, and at 15:00 UTC on September 4, it intensified into the third hurricane of the season. On September 5, Florence unexpectedly underwent rapid intensification into a Category 3 major hurricane. Rapid intensification continued and at 5:00 p.m. AST (21:00 UTC), Florence intensified into a Category 4 hurricane.
As of 11:00 a.m. AST (15:00 UTC) September 5, Hurricane Florence is located within 10 nautical miles of
, about 1,160 miles (1,865 km) east-northeast of the northern Lesser Antilles and about 1,375 miles (2,205 km) east-southeast of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds are 110 knots (125 mph; 205 km/h), with gusts to 135 knots (155 mph; 250 km/h). The minimum barometric pressure is 957 mbar (hPa; 28.26 inHg), and the system is moving northwest at 11 knots (13 mph; 20 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center of Florence, while tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center of Florence.
For latest official information, see:
- The NHC's latest public advisory on Hurricane Florence
- The NHC's latest forecast advisory on Hurricane Florence
- The NHC's latest forecast discussion on Hurricane Florence
Watches and warnings
Preparations and impact
- Robbie Berg (August 28, 2018). "Tropical Weather Outlook" (TXT). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Robbie Berg (August 30, 2018). "Tropical Weather Outlook" (TXT). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Lixion Avila (August 30, 2018). "Tropical Weather Outlook" (TXT). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Lixion Avila (August 30, 2018). "Potential Tropical Cyclone Six Discussion Number 1". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Lixion Avila (August 31, 2018). "Tropical Depression Six Discussion Number 4". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
- Robbie Berg (September 4, 2018). "Hurricane Florence Discussion Number 21". National Hurricane Center.
- Berg, Robbie (2018-09-05). "Hurricane Florence Discussion Number 25".
- "Hurricane FLORENCE". www.nhc.noaa.gov. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
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