It later weakened to a tropical storm after encountering strong wind shear and cooler waters. According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Florence has strengthened back into a hurricane as it continues its jaunt west.
Officials in the Carolinas, as well as Virginia, began preparing Friday for the storm's potential major impact.
South Carolina's governor says residents should count on "a lot of wind and a lot of rain" from Hurricane Florence this week.
Even if Florence remains entirely at sea, the storm is likely to generate heavy seas and hazardous rip currents along the US this weekend, the hurricane center warned.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that the storm, which was located 1, 470 miles east of the Windward Islands - Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines - was strengthening as it made its way over the Eastern tropical Atlantic.
Terremoto sacudió a la isla de Fiji en el Océano Pacífico
Según el SHOA, el fenómeno no reúne las condiciones para provocar un tsunami en las costas de Chile. Un sismo de magnitud 7.1, se registró esta tarde (12.49 hora local) en Suva , Fiji .
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
The National Weather Service in Columbia emphasized earlier Sunday that the impacts of a hurricane can extend more than 100 miles from the storm's center.
Florence is expected to intensify over the next 12-36 hours likely becoming a major hurricane by Monday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center is expecting it to make a northwest turn toward the southeastern United States later this week and may develop into a hurricane by Monday.
McMaster's executive order will enable all SC agencies to coordinate resources if the storm hits. "Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway", said U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Christopher Grady, according to Military.com.
As for Florence, the hurricane center said Saturday morning that "gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend".
Governors in Virginia, North Carolina and SC all declared states of emergency over the past two days in anticipation of the hurricane.
Tropical Storm Helene, which formed Friday, was about 270 miles east-southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.