You know, I was going to make a thread on the current hurricane season as a whole, since everything has just ramped up in activity over the past few weeks. We got Olivia making its way to Hawaii where it will probably hit as a tropical storm.
And we got a newly named and formed tropical storm in the central Atlantic which is going to move westward towards the more western Caribbean Islands, most likely becoming a category 1 or 2 hurricane in that timeframe. Remember, it is heading in the direction of locations which were absolutely pummeled by Maria last year.
As for Florence, the track is incredibly scary considering the waters the storm is moving into, along with the decrease in the wind shear it is experiencing, which was the result of the massive drops in its overall strength over the last few days. Basically, the more west it moves, the more it is moving into regions of the Atlantic extremely favorable for its development. Just take a look at some of the water temperatures that it will be moving into:
Those orange colors represent water which is hovering anywhere from 27-30 degrees Celsius, which is around the lower to mid 80s in Fahrenheit. Setting a hurricane moving at the rate it is with less wind shear is just asking for trouble, and there are even some worrying reports of it going through some rapid strengthening during the time in which it moves towards the US mainland.
Where it strikes is the biggest concern as Reaper pointed out, since right now the forecasts take it to a headfirst collision with North and South Carolina. This is all dependent on how strong the storm is, and especially dependent on a large area of high pressure which is going to park itself in the Northern Atlantic region. The storm will most likely ride the outskirts of this area of high pressure, so whether it extends closer or farther from the east coast of the US will determine exactly where the hurricane will end up.
Seriously though, this might be the most powerful landfalling hurricane for the Carolinas since Hugo. Anybody that lives there, or really anywhere on the East Coast for that matter, should begin stocking up on water and nonperishable food, gas, and also make an evacuation plan. This kind of storm is no joke, and even if it ends up not being as strong upon landfall, it still should be taken seriously.