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.
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 decreaseinforward speed is forecast on
Thursday, followed by a turn back toward the northwest early next
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
The estimated minimum central pressure is 957 mb (28.26 inches).