The difference between a hurricane and a tropical storm

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Tropical Storm Friday night.

Florence is forecast to weaken from it’s tropical storm status by tonight, when before it was swirling in the Atlantic as a Category 4 Hurricane.

But the storm type isn’t changing, it’s still a tropical cyclone it’s simply the wind speed that forces the name change.

A major hurricane, category 3 or higher, has winds over 110 miles per hour. A hurricane has winds from 74 to 110 miles per hour, but as soon as winds weakened to just 73 miles per hour Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Once winds drop below 39 miles per hour, then Florence will hit the tropical depression mark; the weakest type of tropical cyclone.

But where exactly are these remnants heading?

The storm system remnants are forecast to track toward New England, and reach close to western Massachusetts overnight Monday into Tuesday.

It’s looking like a very wet day for us, but the rainfall is not going to be exceptionally heavy, only around an inch and a half for the Pioneer Valley. 

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