Al started his forecasting career in radio at Accu-Weather in Pennsylvania and remained there for four years as a broadcast meteorologist. He joined WBTV in April of 1993 and is currently apart of the WBTV News This Morning team.
Florence weakened ever so slightly early this morning, as an eyewall replacement cycle took place. This is a very common occurrence for major hurricanes and any weakening is usually temporary and not a prolonged trend.
But Florence remains in a very conducive environment for further strengthening over the next two days. There two factors involved here. First, little or no wind shear. This means the winds in the upper levels are doing nothing to inhibit strengthening.
The tropical storm is still way out in the middle of the Atlantic – 1,200 miles E-SE off the North Carolina coast - and still several days away from making any potential landfall. Florence strengthened overnight and will likely continue to do so today, most certainly becoming a major hurricane (cat