Tropical Storm Florence is expected to strengthen to hurricane
Rick Reichmuth is tracking multiple tropical storms, and shares an update about what is predicted for this hurricane of the season.
The governor of South Carolina has followed North Carolina in declaring the state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence is a “better organized” weather system that is expected to strengthen to a hurricane on Saturday.
The approaching storm prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, the state of emergency on Friday, a step that makes funds available for the approach of the storm the effects.
The storm was expected to heavy rain, dangerous surf and rip currents to North Carolina, where Cooper called on the residents, specifically farmers, to make preparations.
Here are the 11 PM EDT-Key Messages on #Florence https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/L5VdT2Ueh3
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 8, 2018
“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.
Gov. Cooper declares a state of emergency ahead of tropical storm:
“It is still too early to know the storm’s path, but we know that we must be prepared” for #Florence, was once a Category 4 hurricane and is stronger againhttps://t.co/s6Kg8ENdio#ncwx #ncpol #ncgov pic.twitter.com/hdFoK184Of
— The News & Observer (@newsobserver) on September 8, 2018
On Saturday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster followed.
“This is not an evacuation. It is much too early for that,” McMaster said. “We know that and we know that we need to take precautions.”
McMaster called Florence “a very unpredictable hurricane” saying the state would start with the preparation.
“We are preparing for the worst and of course hope for the best. Being prepared is always the best strategy,” he said.
Tropical Storm #Florence is expected to strengthen into a Hurricane tonight. Here’s the NHC 5-day weather forecast. Details: https://t.co/aKvOD4bA9h #chswx #scwx #gawx #savwx pic.twitter.com/I7Tvx8Z45U
— NWS Charleston, SC (@NWSCharlestonSC) September 8, 2018
In an 11 pm ET Saturday update, the National Hurricane Center [NHC] placed in front of the storm southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moved 7 km / h.
The NHC said the centre of Florence, will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before the approach of the south-east of the AMERICAN coast on Thursday. The NHC said Florence was expected of a major hurricane by Tuesday.
Swells generated by Florence can lead to dangerous rip currents and flooding Saturday in areas such as the coast of Delaware and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.
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 Saturday morning that Helene was located about 270 miles east of the southern Cape Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 45 mph and it was moving west at 13 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.
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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