On the forecast track, Florence's will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas between Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday as a major storm.
According to the 5 a.m. update on the storm, "Florence is forecast to be a unsafe major hurricane near the southeast US coast by late this week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase".
As a result of the ominous storm, states across the East Coast are bracing for landfall with officials in the Carolinas and the Virginias making preparations.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".
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The state of SC also declared a state of emergency on Saturday.
Risky swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.
At 11 a.m. EDT, the Miami-based hurricane center said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (100 kph).
- The tropics are very active this weekend, as several tropical storms are moving through the Atlantic. It was about 1,500 miles from the easternmost Caribbean islands on Sunday and could become a hurricane later in the day. It is still unclear where the storm will make landfall, but the current track calls for a direct hit to SC.
On Sunday morning, the storm had maximum winds of 70 miles per hour, NOAA tweeted at 8 a.m. Strengthening into a tropical storm is forecast this weekend and possibly a hurricane early next week as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Forecasters predicted it would become a unsafe Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday. The favorable environmental conditions are expected along the path of this developing tropical cyclone and the system should become a hurricane during the early or middle part of next week. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast to occur by Monday. On the current track, Olivia may be near the Hawaiian Islands by late Tuesday.