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Hurricane Florence, the first major storm of the season, dropped back down to a Category 3 overnight, with further weakening expected today.

A tropical storm formed in the eastern Atlantic continues to move toward the western coast of Africa.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's maximum sustained winds Friday evening were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (105 kph).

"While it's still too early to know the storm's path, we know we have to be prepared", Cooper said in a news release.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on the East Coast but it is still too early to tell.

At noon, the National Hurricane Centre in the United States reported that wind shear, which has sapped the storms strength, had “likely reached its maximum” and would dwindle as Florence continued on its course. These swells will likely increase during next week and result in rough surf and unsafe rip current activity.

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Hurricane Florence has weakened but will likely grow into a major hurricane as it nears Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center says.

And while Florence has weakened to a tropical storm after topping out as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds, it continues on a westerly path that could bring it dangerously close to the U.S. East Coast by late next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"An area of high pressure over the central Atlantic will bridge westward and join with an existing high pressure near the U.S. East Coast over the next several days", Kottlowski said. Hurricane Florence - in the middle of the Atlantic - is of most concern since some long-range computer model forecasts bring it close or over the East Coast of the USA next week.

"That means an increased risk for rip currents, unsafe surf, and potentially coastal wave run-up and beach erosion".

The current forecast track keeps Florence drifting west before taking a slight curve to the west-northwest early on Sunday.

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