FORECAST: Unsettled weather this weekend

FORECAST: Unsettled weather this weekend

FORECAST: Unsettled weather this weekend

The storm was centered about 905 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 8 mph.

Swells generated by Florence could cause unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said. The forecast track shows Florence's forecast path approaching the southeast US coastline late next week.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Friday and waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly.

At noon, the National Hurricane Centre in the United States reported that wind shear, which has sapped the storms strength, had “likely reached its maximum” and would dwindle as Florence continued on its course.

But increasing wind shear off the Atlantic interfered with the storm building, weakening the beast to a tropical storm with 65mph winds on Friday.

On its current track, Florence's winds are forecast to strengthen to 140 miles per hour by Wednesday morning, making it an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane.

Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda. She is now a tropical storm but is expected to regain hurricane intensity very quickly and could be a major hurricane by early next week.

Newly minted Tropical Storm Helene is also gaining speed and intensity, moving westward at 13 mph toward the southern Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph - moving 1 mph faster than 11 p.m. Friday with winds having grown 5 mph.

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Florence is moving toward the west near 9 miles per hour (14 kilometres) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple days.

Tropical storm Helen is only of concern to the Capo Verde Islands near Africa.

'This setup will guide Florence on a west to northwesterly course into next week'.

Forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go.

A number of tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean, with the potential to strengthen to hurricanes, are heading towards land.

Helene will likely become a hurricane next week.

It's still too early to forecast whether Isaac could be a threat to South Florida.

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