There is a great deal of uncertainty over the path of Hurricane Florence.
But the barrelling storm could hit the East Coast next week if Hurricane Florence follows the current projected track.
Computer models have produced two different scenarios – one shows the storm following a path directly toward the east coast of the US, but the other shows it curving out to sea.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist said: “Florence will continue to move in a general west to northwest motion across the open waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean into midweek.”
Florence is currently not an immediate threat to any land areas through Monday.
However, there is a chance Florence could move on a path that would take it close or directly strike at least parts of the east coast of the US later next week.
But other predictions show the storm staying 500 miles offshore and Florence tracking more to the north than the west, keeping it east of Bermuda and over the open waters of the central Atlantic next weekend and into the following week.
If the storm follows this path, then Florence could be picked up by a non-tropical storm and carried north-eastward toward Iceland, Britain or western Europe around mid-September.
Where Florence goes and how strong it grows, depends on the location and strength of other weather systems, including large areas of high pressure that will steer and guide the storm as it moves across the Atlantic.
However hurricane expert Greg Postel said: “A close encounter with the United States is not unrealistic later next week.”
If the hurricane does hit the USA, landfall anywhere from the Carolinas to New England is possible, according to AccuWeather.
Meteorologists advised those in Bermuda and along the east coast of the US to closely monitor the movement of Florence over the weekend and next week.
Florence could track close to Bermuda and the National Hurricane Center said swells generated by the storm would start to affect Bermuda on Friday.
A potential hit on Bermuda could happen next Tuesday, but it is too early to say if the island would take a direct hit at all.
Florence may get steered closer to Bermuda around Monday, September 10 – the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic.
Then after nearing Bermuda, Florence may approach the eastern United States later that week.
However, the NHC does not make official predictions beyond five days, as the further out computer model forecast go, the less reliable they are.
There is a lot of uncertainty over the long-range forecast and so it will take some time for the details of the path to be clear.
Those with an interest in the hurricane, should closely monitor the forecast, especially in Bermuda and the east coast of the US.