Early long term forecast models keep Potential Tropical Cyclone out over the Atlantic, not venturing towards the U.S.
Warnings were issued Friday morning, with the National Weather Service predicting the storm is "likely to cause life-threatening surf" along Carolinas beaches.
In Bermuda, a government spokeswoman tells The Royal Gazette that although the storm isn't now considered a threat, it's a good time for people on the island to "update their storm supply kits". A path toward Florida appears unlikely at this point, but we'll let you know if anything changes.
On the other hand, meteorologists said Florence "may evolve into a serious direct threat" and make landfall somewhere between southern New England the Carolinas next Wednesday or Thursday, AccuWeather.com reported.
There is variation in location, so all of the East Coast of the USA should be on alert.
The eye of the storm was about 820 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and 905 miles east-southeast of Bermuda as of the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT update.
There now are no hurricane watches or warnings in effect, though a possible timetable for an approach on Bermuda is most likely Tuesday, according to a report by The Weather Channel.
Right now Florence has weakened into a category 2 hurricane with top sustained winds at 105mph.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that the State Emergency Operations Center will activate Monday to monitor the storm and respond as needed.
"Florence may begin to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week", the National Hurricane Center advised.
"We are expecting it to intensify later this weekend, to return to hurricane status", he told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show.
Even though Florence is now just under a 1,000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, swells from the storm are expected to reach the East Coast including North Carolina as early as this weekend.