Hurricane Florence could start affecting the East Coast as early as this weekend as it continues to move closer to land.
Currently, Florence is 1800 miles away.
It is expected that the East Coast will have high tides and rip currents this weekend.
Earlier today, Florence gained strength, becoming a category four hurricane.
This far out, it is hard to tell exactly what path the storm will take.
"Since we are near the peak of hurricane season, this is a good time for everyone who lives in a hurricane-prone area to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place,” hurricane specialist David Zelinsky wrote in a forecast advisory.
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11AM Update has #Florence restrengthening to a category 4 hurricane and quite close to the East Coast.— Melissa Le Fevre (@LeFevreWX) September 7, 2018
Still too early for an exact track/specific impacts-but interest near and along the East Coast should closely monitor the progress of Florence. pic.twitter.com/SCMx3UgtBt
Here are the 11 AM AST Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Florence. High surf will begin to affect the U.S. East Coast this weekend. The risk of other direct impacts has increased, but it is too early to know the specifics of these impacts. https://t.co/xK9IcN4PqV pic.twitter.com/PwLwbN14s6— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 7, 2018