First Major Atlantic Hurricane Of The Year Is On Its Way, Here's What You Need To Know

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The east coast never seems to catch a break when it comes to powerful hurricanes.

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria wreaked a significant amount of damage, costing the government $200 billion, and claimed more than 100 lives.

People who live by the Atlantic Ocean are used to staying vigilant, usually between the months of June to December.

Now they may have to brace themselves for this year's first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

According to a recent advisory by the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence may be a huge threat to the east coast.

This news comes only a day after tropical storm Gordon hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, claiming one child's life.

As of Wednesday, the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, making it a Category 3 storm.

Hurricane Florence is still thousands of miles away from the coastline, but experts predict it might hit the east coast by late next week.

"Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph.  A turn toward the west-northwest and west with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Saturday.  Florence may begin to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week."

That being said, experts are still uncertain.

According to meteorologist Ryan Maue, there may be a chance that the storm could turn away.

"Still considerable uncertainty about a possible / hopeful turn away from the coast out to sea," he wrote on his Twitter page. "Continue to monitor thru the weekend."

Their updated advisory on September 6 noted that the hurricane appears to be weakening, but may still cause damage.

"Florence is expected to remain a hurricane and likely reintensify over the weekend."

The National Hurricane Center warns people around the area to prepare for dangerous rip currents.

How to prepare for a hurricane:

Now that you're aware of this hurricane warning, it's time to be prepared.

First, make sure you leave low lying areas and protect your windows and objects inside your home.

Stock up on food, water, batteries, and flashlights that will last you for several days. A first-aid kit will also come in handy.

And don't forget to stay up to date with weather warnings.

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