Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 3

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"There is still very large uncertainty in Florences track beyond Day 5, and it is too soon to determine what, if any, other impacts Florence could have on the U.S. East Coast next week", according to Hurricane Center forecasters.

There have been nine rip current deaths and two "high surf" deaths so far this year off N.C., says the National Weather Service.

Of interest to forecasters is which direction Florence will go over the next several days.

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Hurricane Florence has weakened to a tropical storm but will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane and could threaten the US East Coast by next week. Over the course of the weekend, Florence will head into warmer waters, allowing the storm to strengthen back into a hurricane and possibly back to a major category 3 hurricane by Monday with winds of 150 miles per hour.

Florence's wind speed have decreased and as of Friday the tropical storm has had a maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, down from 140 miles per hour, but is expected to strengthen in the next coming days.

Service of Jamaica said the storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 185 km/h with higher gusts.

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The current projected path by the National Hurricane Center for the next few days can be viewed in the second image above.

"The Ministry reminded that the Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] continues to closely monitor the track of Tropical Storm Florence and if required, the EMO is prepared to meet on Monday".

Please consult your local National Weather Service office at weather.gov for the latest information on any tropical or storms or hurricanes that could be a threat to your area. Don't be surprised if we see it reach mature stage, weaken, and regenerate as it keeps running into more energy and more hot, humid air.

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Even though Florence is now just under a 1,000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, swells from the storm are expected to reach the East Coast including North Carolina as early as this weekend.

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