Will Hurricane Florence hit Charlotte later this week?

Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical storms generate winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, just below hurricane force.

Florence is moving to the west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

At its closest approach to the territory, it is expected to be a tropical storm with top winds of 65 miles an hour.

"An increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days, " the hurricane center said. Late Sunday night, Ryan Maue, chief operating officer of forecasting service weathermodels.com, noted "I'm not really seeing anything stopping #Florence from reaching Category 5 (140-knots)".

There no coastal warnings or watches yet.

Large swells generated by Florence are already affecting Bermuda and portions of the East Coast and will continue this week.

The entire population of Hatteras Island, just off hte North Carolina coast, were ordered to evacuate by noon EST Monday, with other swathes of the state ordered to comply with the same order by 7am Tuesday.

SC ordered an estimated one million people to evacuate its coast today as the state and neighbouring North Carolina brace for Hurricane Florence.

And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity is historically at its highest.

The NHC added that Florence, which reached major hurricane status several days ago but weakened into a tropical storm, now has an eye.

Further to the east, forecasters are also watching hurricanes Isaac and Helene. It is over warm water and a favorable upper level environment so rapid strengthening is forecast and Florence is forecast to be a major hurricane Monday morning.

"Florence is. expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the hurricane center warned.

Florence was 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and the center of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHC said. They warned that Florence could slow or stall after coming ashore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. That storm was centred 185 km south southeast of the islands. Residents in this part of the east coast should prepare now for the possibility of a major hurricane at landfall. North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia.

In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island.

  • Essie Rivera