Tropical storm Florence path: Where is tropical storm Florence? Will it hit Bermuda? | World | News


The Atlantic Ocean is currently playing host to tropical storm Florence, a whirling mass of wind and rain which could slowly gather steam.

Florence is the latest storm system to brew this year near the United States which is threatening to strengthen into a hurricane.

At the moment, the storm is relatively calm, chugging along the Atlantic with winds of 50mph.

However, it has the potential to make a path heading straight to the island of Bermuda.

Where is tropical storm Florence?

Tropical storm Florence is based in the Atlantic ocean, currently 605 miles north west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Despite not being a threat to land any time soon, the storm is steaming in a north-north westerly direction at a rate of roughly 18miles per hour.

The storm may start to make tracks for the US island of Bermuda some time soon, and there is potential for it to gather power as it rolls in.

Florence is not expected to strengthen any time within the next few days, but in the longer run could progress over warmer waters, known for fuelling major storms.

Currently Florence is not quite strong enough to rank on the Hurricane ranking Saffir-Simpson scale, in which a category 1 requires high winds of 75 mph.

Cold waters are bringing down the strength of the system, but Florence is expected to move over warm water by mid next week and track west towards Bermuda.

The storm could progress to pummell the mainland United States later that week.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said: ”By the middle of the week, Florence will once again move over some warmer water.

“Wind shear will also progressively lessen, which may allow Florence to strengthen.”

When is US hurricane season?

In the Atlantic, the new month of September comes with the beginning of a volatile hurricane season.

Hurricanes have already begun to wreak havoc in the Pacific, as hurricane Lane approached and tipped 50 inches of water onto Hawaii last week.

Bringing landslides and falling trees with it, the hurricane approached a powerful category 3, pushing with winds of up to 129 miles per hour.

July saw the arrival of hurricane Chris, which again approached Bermuda before moving over to Carolina.

Hurricane season tends to debut in the Atlantic around September due to something called wind shear (force of wind) that is lower than normal.

In addition, warmer seas tend to push winds into being much stronger, fuelling any forming storms.

Apparently, the strongest hurricanes tend to take root around September also.

Dr Phil Klotzbach, Research Scientist at Colorado State University said: “48 percent of all hurricanes during September become major (Category 3+; 111 mph or greater) hurricanes.

“While during August it’s about 40 percent of all hurricanes that become major and in October it’s about 35 percent of all hurricanes that become major.”

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