Hurricane Florence Gaining Strength, Speed

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The latest update comes in a bit slower with the center of Florence, and weakens the storm to a high end category 3 as it approaches the coastline.

Hurricane Florence is now a Major Category 4 hurricane and is on track to make landfall on the east coast of the United States later this week.

The Miami-based center says the storm's center was located about 410 miles (660 kilometers) south of Bermuda and about 975 miles (1570 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

North Carolina residents boarded up their homes and piled cars with valuables on Monday after officials in that state and two others warned coastal areas would be hit from Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to take aim at the USA mainland this year.

Where is the hurricane now?

The storm's center was 720 miles (1,160 km) southeast of Bermuda at 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, and on a track to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, the NHC said.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph). While the storm is expected to batter spanning the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic region, it will likely have little to no impact on MA, forecasters say. Florence was gaining strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic and expected to make landfall sometime Friday morning.

What else should I know?

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday and waived transportation rules to help farmers harvest and transfer more crops quickly ahead of the storm.

Flash Flood Warnings in effect for North Texas
The remains of tropical depression Gordon will reach the Golden Horseshoe late Sunday, it says, with rain lasting through Monday. This could lead to some high water issues in spots and it's something to be on guard for as we head through this time period.

The State of Emergency Response Team, which includes the Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and North Carolina National Guard, are ready to deploy.

Typically hurricanes this far out in the Atlantic have been deflected off the coast and spun out to sea.

"The greatest threat is from tropical force winds".

And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity is historically at its highest.

The now category 2 storm is expected to slam the east coast this week as a possible category 4 hurricane. Even in areas far from the coast, he added, parts of North Carolina and Virginia could see rain totals of 10-15 inches over the next seven days.

Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.

No coastal watches or warnings are now in effect. "Theses swells will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents".

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.