As Tropical Storm Florence continued to make the road in the direction of the east coast of North Carolina, the governor issued a state of emergency. The storm, which is expected to weather hurricane force, the threat of heavy rain, dangerous surf and rip currents.
Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state of emergency Friday evening, to which residents, specifically farmers, to prepare for the upcoming storm.
“It is still too early to know the storm’s path, we know that we have to be prepared,” Cooper said in a press release. “During harvest, time is of the essence. Action today can prevent losses by Florence.”
Cooper signed a transportation waiver that would allow farmers to harvest and transport their crops faster.
“The executive order will assist in gathering and moving crops in and through the state easier and faster in response to problems that may be caused by the Tropical Storm Florence in North Carolina and along the East Coast,” the governor’s statement said.
Cooper said that emergency management officials were working with local and federal officials to prepare for “possible consequences” of Florence.
“We are entering the peak of the hurricane season and we know well, the unpredictability and the power of these storms,” Cooper said.
Along the same lines, South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division is advising residents to begin making contingency plans.
“The risks of, and other direct effects associated with Florence along the U.S. east coast next week has increased. However, there is still a very large uncertainty in the model predictions of the Florence track beyond day five), so it is too early to determine the exact location, size and timing of these effects,” hurricane specialist Robbie Berg wrote in a forecast advisory.
11 p.m. ET Friday, Florence’s maximum sustained winds were about 60 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was centered about 905 km east-southeast of Bermuda and moving at 7 km / h.
Florence has weakened, but forecasters are anticipating that favorable atmospheric conditions to see the strength as a major hurricane by the time it reaches the East Coast.
Forecasters said it was too early to say where Florence will go. Some forecast models, such as the storm struck in the country somewhere at the end of next week, while others indicate that it would bend away from the pain. The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, with a peak with a maximum sustained winds of 130 km / h.
Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, “Helene,” has formed in the east of the Atlantic ocean on the west coast of Africa. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday night that Helene was located about 405 miles east of the southern Cape Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and it was moving at 12 km / h.
“Because we were in the vicinity of the peak of the hurricane season, this is a good time for anyone who lives in a hurricane-prone area to ensure that they get their hurricane plan in place,” hurricane specialist David Zelinsky wrote in a forecast advisory.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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