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Florence becomes first major hurricane of Atlantic season, now category 3 storm

Posted: 11:05 AM, Aug 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 11:12:51-04

Florence has become the first major hurricane of the Atlantic season as it moves on a path that could take it toward Bermuda.

The Category 3 hurricane's maximum sustained winds Wednesday morning are estimated to be 125 mph (195 kph).

Hurricane Florence is centered about 1,370 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest at 13 mph.

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There are no coastal watches or warning in effect.

OFFICIAL UPDATE:

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Florence was
located near latitude 22.0 North, longitude 45.7 West.  Florence is
moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue through tonight.  A turn toward the
west-northwest with a decrease
inforward speed is forecast on
Thursday, followed by a turn back toward the northwest early next
week.

Satellite images indicate that maximum sustained winds have
increased to near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts.  Florence is
a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Some weakening is possible during the next few days, but Florence is
expected to remain a strong hurricane through early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the
center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles
(150 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 957 mb (28.26 inches).