Hurricane Florence Map: Projected Path to Track the Storm

Hurricane Florence Map

NOAA Hurricane Florence Map

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence, now that it has intensified to a major Category 4 storm and is heading to the southeastern U.S. coast. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to be a “large and extremely dangerous hurricane” when it arrives on the U.S. coast. It has strengthened to a Category 4 a day earlier than predicted. Read on to see maps of Hurricane Florence’s track along with the current projected path. Hurricanes are a bit unpredictable at this stage, so stay tuned as details can change over time.


Hurricane Florence’s Projected Path

First, here’s a map from the National Hurricane Center showing a forecast cone and coastal watches and warnings. This map does not indicate the hurricane’s size, but it does show the hurricane’s current projected path.

National Hurricane Center

This next map may give you a better idea of when to first expect to feel the effects of the hurricane. This map shows the estimated arrival time of tropical storm force winds. The first effects are anticipated to be felt as early as Wednesday night.

NHC

Next is a different look at the hurricane’s projected path. Keep in mind that this map has an interactive component that you can view here.

NHC

Most trends are currently pointing to Florence reaching the continental U.S.:

And another path:

Some models are predicting the storm may still be a Category 4 before landfall:

Some models are currently predicting the hurricane will make landfall Thursday morning in the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center is currently expecting the center of the storm to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then it will approach the Carolinas coasts on Thursday.

The Navy has a tracking map for tropical storms too. This is the Navy’s tracking map, provided by ATCF – Naval Research Laboratory: Marine Meteorology Division:

Navy hurricane tracking map

ATCFNavy hurricane tracking map


Wind Projection Maps of Hurricane Florence

Next up are wind-speed probability maps. The first shows the probability of tropical storm force winds and the second map shows the probability of hurricane force winds. As you can see, the earliest time that tropical storm winds are currently expected in the Carolinas, according to the National Hurricane Center, is Wednesday night.

NHC

NHC

Flooding and rain will be a problem regardless of where the hurricane lands:


Hurricane’s Location & When States May Start Feeling the Storm

According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory on Monday, a “life-threatening storm surge is likely along portions of the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia coastlines, and a Storm Surge Watch will likely be issued for some of these areas by Tuesday morning…” Freshwater flooding is also possible. “Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning. Damaging winds could also spread well inland into portions of the Carolinas and Virginia.”

The storm is currently located at 25.0 N and 60.0 W, as of 11 a.m. AST. The hurricane is about 580 miles SSE of Bermuda and 1,240 miles ESE of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The minimum central pressure is 962 MB. The storm is moving west or 280 degrees at 13 mph.

Here’s a look at Florence as seen from the International Space Station:

Here’s another look at Florence:

But remember, Florence isn’t the only storm to keep track of. Isaac and Helene are also behind the storm:

And another view of the three hurricanes:

But Florence stands out from the other hurricanes.

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