SC Gov declares emergency to prepare for storm

A weather system The Consortium has been monitoring continues to form in the Atlantic Ocean, and the National Hurricane Center (N.H.C.) says the system is expected to strengthen into a tropical depression in the coming days.

Florence continues to strengthen on Sunday and will likely become a major hurricane by Monday.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern USA coast on Thursday.

The Miami-based weather center said although the storm could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane by midweek, its path was still unclear.

Although it is quite a distance away, swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda Saturday, and Florida along with most of the East Coast of the USA will see increasing waves and rip currents this weekend.

NHC added that the risk of direct impact from the storm along the U.S. East Coast over the next week has increased, but it is too soon to determine location, magnitude and timing of the impact. The window for the storm to miss the USA coast and turn harmlessly back to sea is closing, CNN forecasters said.

Virginia joined North and SC in declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

Cooper said state emergency management officials are working with local and federal agencies to prepare North Carolina for possible impacts from Florence.

Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday, just a day after Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane.

Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from the shore.

The storm is moving westward at 5 miles per hour.

It says the hurricane should approach the USA coast on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's maximum sustained winds Friday evening were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (105 kph).

Virginia has declared a state of emergency Saturday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Florence and its potential impact, according to a statement from Gov. Ralph Northam. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the warm waters of the southwestern Atlantic Ocean through Wednesday.

As of early Sunday morning, winds are upwards of 70 miles per hour with the sotrm moving off to the west.

  • Joey Payne