TS Florence Still Just Below Hurricane Strength

posted by John Conrad - 

Miami, Fla. (970 WFLA)- At 5:00 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Florence was located near latitude 19.3 North, longitude 42.0 West. About 1205 miles  west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, about 1300 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles.

Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days followed by a turn toward the northwest around Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is expected through tonight, but some weakening is forecast on Wednesday.  Afterward, gradual strengthening is forecast through the weekend.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km)from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).

Graphic credit: NHC Miami

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