Storm could become hurricane

Forecasters said Tropical Storm Florence could strengthen into a hurricane Saturday as it moves closer to Bermuda.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE | September 9, 2006


Forecasters said Tropical Storm Florence could strengthen into a hurricane Saturday as it moves closer to Bermuda.

Florence now has sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, only four under the requirement to become a Category 1 hurricane. National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasters say the storm will likely strengthen more Saturday as it continues its move toward Bermuda.

Currently Florence is 530 miles south of Bermuda. Tropical Storm warnings and hurricane watches have been issued for the islands. Bermuda is already experiencing large surf and rip currents from Florence. The tropical storm's winds extend up to 345 miles outward.

The NHC says Florence will continue to move north-northwest, with the forecasted track showing the storm hitting Bermuda by Monday morning.

Florence became the sixth storm of the 2006 Atlantic season on Tuesday when it strengthened out of the tropical depression phase.


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