Governor declares State of Emergency ahead of Florence

Governor declares State of Emergency ahead of Florence

Governor declares State of Emergency ahead of Florence

As of Saturday morning, Florence was a tropical storm that was traveling west at 7 miles per hour with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour but Moss said that it would likely intensity to a Category 4 storm as it makes the trek across the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center on Friday was showing a projected path for Florence that could take the storm along the North Carolina coast.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday evening.

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

While we still have a long way to go and there will be changes/fine tuning in the forecast, Hurricane Florence is running out of opportunities to evade the East Coast.

But increasing wind shear, as Helene drifts further west, should weaken her at the start of the work week. On this path, Florence will track over the warm waters off the southeast US coastline.

Florence already had been the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season earlier this week, but wind shear weakened it to a tropical storm. This will accelerate the hurricane toward the middle of the U.S. East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday the storm was expected to become a "major hurricane" by Tuesday as it passes between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Portions of the east coast could see rip currents this weekend.

Just a day or two ago, Florence was thought to be very likely to curve out to sea; of the 79 named storms that have formed within 200 miles of its birthplace in the Atlantic, none have hit the United States.

As of Friday afternoon, Florence continued to slowly cross the Atlantic Ocean now moving more westerly compared to northwesterly.

Tropical storm Helen is only of concern to the Capo Verde Islands near Africa.

At the same time - the third system - Tropical Storm Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday. It's likely that Florence will be a rather strong hurricane, and it will begin to angle to the northwest again.

Tropical Depression 9 could develop into a tropical storm and threaten the Caribbean next week.

It's still too early to forecast whether Isaac could be a threat to South Florida.

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