Florence Forms in Atlantic

 5 Day Cone from the National Hurricane Center

florence19.gifTROPICAL STORM FLORENCE ADVISORY NUMBER  19
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL062006
500 AM AST FRI SEP 08 2006

…FLORENCE SHOWS LITTLE CHANGE…

THE BERMUDA WEATHER SERVICE WILL LIKELY ISSUE WATCHES OR WARNINGS
WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 500 AM AST…0900Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.1 NORTH…LONGITUDE 57.6 WEST OR ABOUT 445
MILES…720 KM…NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS AND ABOUT
830 MILES…1340 KM…SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.

FLORENCE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 16 MPH…26 KM/HR
…AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH…85 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  ALTHOUGH FLORENCE HAS NOT STRENGTHENED…CONDITIONS APPEAR
FAVORABLE FOR INTENSIFICATION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 405 MILES…650 KM
MAINLY TO THE NORTH OF THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB…29.53 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 500 AM AST POSITION…22.1 N…57.6 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD…WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 16 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50
MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
1100 AM AST.

florence19ir.gifMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Florence was steaming over the open Atlantic early Thursday and forecasters said it could become a hurricane within the next day.

Florence had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph after strengthening Wednesday. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said it could strengthen into a hurricane, with winds of at least 74 mph, as early as Thursday.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered 660 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, about 1,105 miles southeast of Bermuda. It was moving west-northwest near 10 mph.

It posed no immediate threat to land, though its large size – tropical storm force winds extended 290 miles from its center – could be a concern later in the week.

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