Tropical Storm Florence A "Potential Threat"

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Foremost among those is Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane next week and looks increasingly likely to hit the East Coast. Though Florence was no longer a hurricane Friday, the National Weather Service forecast that it would return to hurricane strength Sunday or Monday, and could be a major storm - Category 3 or higher - by Tuesday morning.

The exact future track appears to be related to how strong Florence is over the weekend. "At this stage, we're now focusing on preparedness".

"A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by early next week and continue into middle part of next week". Florence was centered about 985 miles (1,585 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 7 mph (11 kph). Again, much can change, but with our main models having Florence lurking off of the mid-Atlantic we must bring our concern up a notch. Or, it could make an actual landfall, with more severe impacts at the beaches, and wind & rain farther inland here in the Piedmont.

"The tropics are becoming very active, which is typical since next week is the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season".

Tropical storm Helene has formed in the Atlantic early Saturday and is expected to become a hurricane early next week as it churns toward the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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The Sheriff's Office will continue patrolling the river until they locate the last missing person, according to the statement. Officials deemed it too unsafe to allow divers in the water after dark but planned to resume their search Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, two other systems were developing near the west coast of Africa.

Given the storms moving westward, local emergency officials have advised residents to check their disaster supply kits and be sure home and business emergency plans are in place.

This time past year, residents of the Lowcountry were watching Hurricane Irma, then a Category 5 storm, make its way toward the eastern United States.

Closer to the US, there's a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the western Atlantic that has a low chance of forming into a tropical storm.

Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go.