Hurricane Florence upgrade to a Category 4 storm as Gordon moves inland

This satellite image shows Hurricane Florence in the North Atlantic Ocean Wednesday night.

(National Hurricane Center/NOAA)

Florence, the first major storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Wednesday as forecasters warned that this could lead to “life-threatening” surf and rip current conditions in Bermuda later this week.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence’s maximum sustained winds are estimated at 130 km per hour. The storm is centered about 1,295 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest at 13 km / h.

Forecasters expect Florence to weaken, which in the next few days, but the storm is predicted to remain a powerful hurricane until the beginning of next week.

The National Hurricane Center said that the waves generated by Florence could begin to affect Bermuda on Friday. There are no watches or warnings currently in force for the united states.

While Florence gathered pace in the Atlantic ocean, the remnants of Tropical Depression Gordon spread bands of heavy rainfall in parts of the South as it tilted over the Mississippi river.

Rain spun around the storm center in Jackson, Mississippi, area in the afternoon. And the bands swept up in the Wave, fall more rain on the northwest of Florida — where 10.48 inches had already fallen at Florida’s Pensacola International Airport Wednesday morning by the center of Alabama and Tennessee.

New Orleans, which was reinforced for severe flooding, was unharmed. And the residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which is expected to be a serious hit, were largely spared. A dozen casinos that shut down was allowed to reopen on the afternoon of Wednesday. Boaters and fishermen back to the marinas after fled inland as the day before.

Gordon never reached hurricane strength by the time it came ashore Tuesday night just west of the Mississippi-Alabama line. The maximum sustained winds reached 70 mph. The knock-out power to at least 27,000 utility customers in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Wednesday afternoon the numbers were up to about 5,800 in Alabama, 3,000 in Mississippi, and a little more than 2000 in Florida.

What remains of Gordon expected to head northeast into Arkansas, which was forecast to get heavy rain from the system by the Wednesday night. Saturday, what is left of the storm, which was forecast on the hook to the north, then northeast on a path in the direction of the Great Lakes. The National Weather Service offices in Missouri and Oklahoma, says Gordon’s remnants can add to the rain caused by a frontal boundary caused by heavy rainfall in parts of the Midwest. Flash flood watches stretched from the Florida panhandle, parts of southwestern Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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