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Hurricane Florence -- the second hurricane of the Atlantic season -- exploded into a Category 4 storm on Wednesday. Now, the storm is weakening due to strong shear and dry air.
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Florence is some 1,800 miles east of Jacksonville over the open Atlantic and will remain far to the east of the U.S. East Coast through the weekend.
Easterly swells spreading west from Florence will arrive at Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia becahes over the weekend next week, which will enhance the rip current risk. Please use caution if you're going to swim in the next few days.
By the middle of next week, Florence may be moving into the Western Atlantic. It's still too early to forecast just how close the storm might come to Jacksonville -- or anywhere on the East Coast.
Therefore, it's still too early to forecast exact impacts.