Preparing for an approaching hurricane and other things you need to know about them
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WATCH: Ginger Zee explains the science behind hurricanes.

Hurricane Florence is moving towards Bermuda and potentially the East Coast on Thursday, with winds of 80mph. Swells generated by Florence could bring life threatening surf and rip currents along the East Coast as early as this weekend.

Though it dropped to a Category 1 storm, meteorologists predict it will strengthen again into a major Category 3 hurricane by the end of the weekend into next week.

Here are some of your questions on hurricanes, answered by ABC News meteorologists Max Golembo, Samantha Wnek and Melissa Griffin.

How are hurricanes formed?

Hurricanes are formed by feeding off the warmth and moisture of the ocean. Air then rises and is replaced constantly by the surrounding air. Below all this rising air, low pressure develops.

Pieces of an oak tree are seen after it fell on a mobile home in Pensacola, Fla., Sept. 5 2018.

How long does a Hurricane usually last?

If you are in the hurricane, the hurricane conditions could last 12 to 18 hours, and in a slow-moving hurricane, up to 24 hours. The hurricane itself, from formation to its deterioration, can last in the ocean for weeks.

How long do hurricanes take to form?

It can take up to a week for hurricanes to form, and some tropical cyclones never make it to hurricane status. One of the fastest ones formed was Humberto in 2007, which developed in less than 19 hours from a tropical depression to a hurricane

How do you know when a hurricane is coming?

If you're relying on the weather to know when a hurricane is coming, often you won't get any indication at all. The day before a hurricane could have sunny skies with calm winds.

An inmate with the Hancock County Department of Corrections helps Janice Labat fill a bag with sand as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Sept. 4, 2018.

That’s why you should listen to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or pay attention to warnings by authorities.

How many hurricanes will there be in 2018?

According to the latest August update from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, there will be four to seven hurricanes in total this season, which ends Nov. 30. So far three hurricanes have formed this Atlantic Hurricane Season. On average, six hurricanes form in the Atlantic every year.