Hurricane Florence Weakens Still Strong Storm

posted by John Conrad - 

Miami, Fla. (970 WFLA)-At 5:00 AM, the center of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 24.1 North, longitude 47.9 West, about 1060 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands,  and 1170 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

The hurricane is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph.  A turn toward the west-northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the west by the weekend.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 115 mph with higher gusts.  Florence is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some additional weakening is forecast today, but Florence is expected to remain a strong hurricane for the next several days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 964 mb (28.47 inches).

Graphic credit: NHC Miami

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