Tropical Storm Florence Set to Flummox East Coast as a Hurricane

The dog days of summer have arrived here in the southeastern United States, with a number of hot and humid days ahead of us, followed by crisp, dry nights free of the oppressive humidity.

For many, this is simply the best sort of weather.  It’s both comfortable and inspiring, allowing us the freedom to recreate without fear of exhaustion, while still opting for short sleeves and light clothing.  The time comes with its own memes as well; jokes about pumpkin spice lattes, and whether or not it’s too early to see Christmas decorations going out in the stores.

And, of course, it’s college football season too, where gentle ribbing becomes a way of life, and having a thick skin on Saturday night means having a hangover on Sunday morning.

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With the good comes the bad, however, and this time of year is also hurricane season, where wild weather can make for sudden catastrophes in any number of American cities.  This week, all eyes are on the east coast as Tropical Storm Florence looks to be the second major storm to strike the US this year.

Tropical Storm Florence was expected to strengthen back into a hurricane by Saturday night, as forecasters warned that the storm would bring life-threatening rip currents to the U.S. East Coast before possibly making landfall next week.

Florence was spinning across the Atlantic Ocean about 830 miles (1,340 km) southeast of Bermuda on Saturday morning, moving west at around 7 miles per hour (11 kph), according to the Florida-based National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm will intensify rapidly on Sunday and become a major hurricane by Monday, with sustained wind speeds of at least 111 miles per hour (179 km per hour), forecasters said.

It is too early to tell exactly where Florence will make landfall, and at what intensity, but authorities along the East Coast from Florida to North Carolina were preparing for the worst.

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