Tropical Storm Florence Forecast to Become Hurricane Sunday, Remaining on Track for Carolina Coast

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Sept. 9, 2018

Tropical Storm Florence  was forecast to develop into a hurricane Sunday, staying on a path that could make landfall on the Carolina coast later in the week and likely bring heavy rain inland including the World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

As of Sunday morning U.S. Eastern time, Florence was still more than 700 miles/1,100km southeast of Bermuda, with winds of about 70 miles/112km an hour and moving due west.

Hurricane force winds estimated up to 120 miles/190 km an hour are projected for the Carolina coast by next Thursday. But the major impact inland will be heavy rain and not wind. The Carolinas have sustained heavy rainfall in recent months that forecasters say will increase the likelihood of flooding with new storms.

Florence is now intensifying, and will become a hurricane on Sunday, according to forecasts issued early Sunday morning.

Rapid intensification into a major hurricane is possible by Monday.

Landfall on the East Coast–the current path puts it between Charleston, South Carolina and Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina–as soon as Thursday.

The World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina are about 220 miles/350km inland.