Hurricane Florence Weakens Slightly, Could Strengthen Over Weekend

Hurricane Florence has weakened slightly, but could strengthen again over the weekend, causing dangerous surf conditions in Bermuda and on the eastern coast of the United States.

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is approximately 1,115 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, making it a strong category 2 hurricane. The system is heading northwest, and it is expected to turn toward the west-northwest and west, with a decrease in forward speed, through this Saturday. After that, the storm is expected to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week.

The National Hurricane Center has said that the storm could weaken over the next day or two, but it is expected to remain a hurricane, and it will likely intensify over the weekend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km).

No watches or warnings are currently in effect for the storm. However, the National Hurricane Center is advising that swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda on Friday and will reach portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the National Hurricane Center said.

There are currently no airline change waivers in effect due to the storm.

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