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Hurricane Florence weakened, but remains a powerful storm, forecasters say

This satellite image shows Hurricane Florence in the North Atlantic Ocean Thursday morning.

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Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 storm as it weakened along the path in the Atlantic overnight Thursday, although forecasters say that the storm is “expected to remain a strong hurricane for the next few days.”

According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence’s sustained winds decreased to 115 miles per hour, down from the Category 4 level winds of 130 km per hour on Wednesday. Additional weakening was forecast into Thursday.

The agency said Florence was moving northwest at 12 km / h and was forecast to turn west-northwest. The storm was 1,170 miles east-southeast of Bermuda overnight Thursday.

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

The National Hurricane Center said swells generated by Florence begins to affect Bermuda onFriday and reached parts of the U.S. east coast over the weekend. He said that “swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

There are no watches or warnings currently in force for the united states.

While Florence continued on its path 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 Wednesday.

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 already had fallen at Florida’s Pensacola International Airport Wednesday morning by the center of Alabama and Tennessee.

What remains of Gordon expected to head northeast into Arkansas. 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.

Fox News’ Sam Steward, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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