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Florence is now a tropical storm and is located about 1500 miles from Hampton Roads, moving west at 9 mph.

Tropical Storm Florence, now churning across the Atlantic Ocean, is increasingly likely to strike the East Coast late this week as a major hurricane. The forecast track shows Florence's forecast path approaching the southeast USA coastline late next week.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a pre-emptive state of emergency on Saturday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour (100 km/h) with higher gusts.

AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said: 'An area of high pressure over the central Atlantic will bridge westward and join with an existing high pressure near the U.S. East coast over the next several days.

Florence is still sitting in an area of significant wind shear, which has kept the storm from strengthening. It is forecast to move due west and is scheduled to reach the Caribbean Islands, possibly including those ravaged previous year, on Wednesday or Thursday as well. It is still far too early to determine what impacts Florence might have along the East Coast because of great uncertainty in the hurricane's future path and strength, though the chances of the storm turning and missing the coast altogether are slim.

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The National Hurricane Center said Saturday the storm was expected to become a "major hurricane" by Tuesday as it passes between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Most of the models are now showing Florence having a direct and major impact to the East Coast in the upcoming week.

As of Friday afternoon, Florence continued to slowly cross the Atlantic Ocean now moving more westerly compared to northwesterly. A gradual turn toward the west-northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected early next week.

Tropical storm Helen is only of concern to the Capo Verde Islands near Africa.

The Emergency Measures Organisation has announced that it is prepared to meet on Monday as Tropical Storm Florence gets nearer. Additional strengthening is forecast for the next couple of days and Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday.

Helene will likely become a hurricane next week. It is about 1,400 miles east of South Florida.

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