Florence has 20% chance of redeveloping, models show possible return to Carolinas


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast a week ago, but now the leftovers of the former Category 4 hurricane are being watched by the National Hurricane Center for possible redevelopment.

There is only a 20 percent chance of the system redeveloping, but one of the possibilities is that the system, which is currently near Bermuda, curves back around toward the east coast.

Should the system redevelop, however, it would be called Kirk. After crawling out of North Carolina last weekend, the system moved north and combined with a cold front before moving out to sea.

Since then, the hybrid system has been meandering far off the east coast over the Atlantic Ocean. A few computer models loop the system around Bermuda and bring it back toward the east coast next week. There are also a few that continue to push it out to sea.

β€œIt’s way too early to worry about anything at this point,” said CBS 17 Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein. “The likelihood of the system reforming, turning around and becoming strong enough to impact North Carolina is very, very low.”

Florence dropped more than 30 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina, left more than 30 dead and hundreds of thousands without power.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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