North Carolina declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence is expected to strengthen to a hurricane that could reach the East Coast by Wednesday

Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

Florence was about 905 miles east-southeast of Bermuda as of Friday night
Experts say it could make landfall anywhere from New England to the Carolinas
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says it’s too early to know where storm will hit

8 September 2018

North Carolina’s governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the declaration in a news release Friday evening as the storm neared Bermuda.

Cooper says it’s ‘too early’ to know where the storm will go, but he says residents should use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.

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

Cooper also waived transportation rules to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence’s maximum sustained winds Friday evening were estimated to be 65 mph. The storm was centered about 905 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 8 mph.

Tropical Storm Florence’s weakening appears to have stopped and is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane by Saturday night or Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

The risk of impact on the U.S. East Coast from Florence next week has increased, the Miami-based weather forecaster added.

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