Good Friday afternoon to everyone, Tropical Storm Florence is located out in the middle of the Atlantic. Florence has been quite the story-maker in recent days on social media. We are closely monitoring the latest trends and how it could potentially impact sections of the United States down the road.
First off, shear has really worked its magic in weakening Florence over the past 24-48 hours. At one time Florence was a major hurricane but it is currently a 65 mph Tropical Storm. As you can see on the visible satellite, dry air and shear continues to impact the storm.
Looking at the water vapor image, you can see the main steering influences that will help guide Florence over the next few days. An expansive ridge in the Atlantic Ocean is pressing down on the circulation of Florence and sending It to the west. Also, an upper level feature in the Southwest Atlantic sits in the way. This feature which really organized quickly over the past 24 hours is going to play a big role in the ultimate path of Florence.
The Atlantic Ridge will keep Florence moving west and as it enters into light upper level winds combined with warm ocean waters, the storm will likely intensify into a hurricane once again. Then by next week conditions are looking favorable for it to possibly become a major hurricane again.
It will be at the middle part of next week where any possible effects on the US could begin to happen. It’s way too early to say if or not a landfall may occur anywhere on the East Coast. Our advise to you if you have interests along to coast is to continuing monitoring forecasts throughout the weekend and be ready early next week to make preparations if the possibility of a landfall continues to increase.
In summary...here is a look at what we know right now in relation to Florence. A lot of questions remain and we hope to starting knowing more in the coming days...