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article imageFlorence becomes third hurricane of the Atlantic season

By Karen Graham     Sep 4, 2018 in Environment
Hurricane Florence became the third hurricane of the Atlantic season with the 10 a.m. EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Florence is located in the eastern Atlantic about 1240 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands Tuesday morning.
Even while all eyes are on Tropical Storm Gordon, which is also expected to become Hurricane Gordon later today, and long after Gordon makes landfall, Hurricane Florence will continue its west-northwest trek across the Atlantic Ocean.
Florence is now a Category 1 hurricane, the third of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season. As of 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the storm was about 1,240 miles (2,000 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,270 miles (2,045 kilometers) east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles.
Florence has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and is moving to the west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph). The storm's minimum central pressure is 990 MB or 29.24 inches.
Hurricane Florence is expected to continue on its west-northwest track through Wednesday. A slower northwestward motion is forecast to begin Thursday and continue through Friday. The storm is then expected to turn toward the Northwest through the weekend.
Currently, this storm is not expected to impact the Florida peninsula or the United States. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.
Another tropical wave accompanied by a broad low-pressure system located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands is forecast to move slowly westward to west-northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic over the next few days.
Environmental conditions are expected to gradually become conducive for further development, and a tropical depression is expected to form later this week.
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