Storm prompts North Carolina State of Emergency

Terence Little
September 8, 2018

Wind shear will lessen over the weekend, and Florence should regain major hurricane intensity (Category 3 or greater) by early next week - as the storm moves northwest, getting closer to the U.S. coastline by the day.

As Tropical Storm Florence continued making its way toward the East Coast, North Carolina's governor issued a state of emergency.

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

Forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go.

There are dozens of different models and versions of forecast tracks that meteorologists have among their forecasting tools, and a majority still show the center of Florence staying offshore - but most track it close enough to cause some impact next week.

"We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms", Cooper said. In fact, the Hurricane Center brings Florence to Cat.

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Improving atmospheric conditions were expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength.

While Accuweather.com is tracking several different potential paths for the storm, the East Coast of the US will feel the impact of Florence regardless.

Forecasters say two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also have high chances of developing into tropical storms. That gives us some time to prepare but don't wait.

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

According to Reuters.com, Tropical Storm Florence was around 1,000 miles southeast of Bermuda Friday morning and registering maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

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