Tropical storm Florence has intensified and has become a hurricane, threatening to hit the east coast later this week.
The National Hurricane Center announced Sunday morning that Florence became a hurricane with winds that reach 75 miles per hour as it swirls in the Atlantic.
Florence can make landfall anywhere, from New England to the Carolinas, as early as Thursday as a Category 3 or higher hurricane.
Tropical storm Florence, in the center of the photograph, intensified in a hurricane on Sunday morning
The hurricane lasted seen southeast of Bermuda moving 6 mph on course to reach the east coast on Thursday
Florence is expected to pass through Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and then on Thursday to reach the east coast
Last week, Florence was a Category 4 hurricane before it weakened to a tropical storm, then regained strength this weekend in a Category 1 hurricane. Forecasters predicted it would become a dangerous Category 4 storm before it a possible landfall on Friday.
The turbulent storm was last seen 710 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 6 mph.
Experts say the east coast should prepare for a blow midway through the week as the hurricane intensifies rapidly.
"There is a growing risk that Florence will suffer two potentially life-threatening impacts: waves of coastal storms and freshwater floods from a prolonged episode of heavy inland rain," the National Hurricane Center said at 11:00 am.
The hurricane will pass through Bermuda before reaching the east coast. Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina have already declared states of emergency
Florence will also bring floods, heavy rains, waves and currents that threaten life
The hurricane travels at 6 mph with 75 mph winds as it crosses the Atlantic Ocean
"However, given the uncertainty in tracking and intensity forecasts in those time intervals, it is too early to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of these impacts," the center added.
The hurricane is expected to travel through Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. By Thursday, you can reach the mainland.
The storm will bring great waves and rip currents that threaten life.
As a result of the disastrous storm, the states of the entire east coast are preparing to make landfall with the officers in the Carolinas and Virginias making preparations.
The National Hurricane Center announced that Florence became a hurricane on Sunday bringing with it prolonged rain and flooding
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, declared a state of emergency urging residents to "take action now to prepare for the impacts later this week."
This enhanced satellite image shows Florence third from the right with two storms right behind her – Storms Helene and Isaac
South Carolina and Virginia declared emergency states to give residents time to prepare for severe weather.
The Division of Emergency Management of South Carolina tweeted on Sunday that officials there are "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster."
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, also declared a state of emergency on Friday saying: "We are entering the peak of the hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms."
The United States Navy ships are also evacuating their ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave the port.
Two more storms named Helene and Isaac are behind Florence, according to Fox, but they are expected to be less threatening.
It is predicted that Isaac will become a hurricane on Sunday afternoon or Monday. Helene is still a Tropical Storm.