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Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival

Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival

Florence is expected to bring two major threats to the Carolinas, according to the National Hurricane Center: storm surge flooding on the coast and inland freshwater flooding from heavy rain.

Virginia joined North and SC in declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which is expected to be a major hurricane. ET, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory.

Knox said residents in North Carolina should begin preparing, "When we put those orders out, when we tell people, 'this is a flood-prone area, ' that you need to find somewhere else to go, don't roll the dice".

US Navy ships are also evacuating their ships in the Hampton Roads area to leave the port.

Cooper's emergency declaration makes it possible to waive the state's transportation rules so North Carolina farmers can harvest and transport their crops to market faster.

Tropical Depression 9 is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving westward. Vessel owners should make sure to check safety equipment is working and remove boats from the water or take them to safe harbor as the storm approaches.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the National Hurricane Center said.

Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 miles per hour.

The category 1 hurricane was mustering might as it traveled over warm Atlantic waters, about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda at 5.am. "That is a sign of a strengthening hurricane".

Helene is forecast to strengthen, with tropical storm conditions reaching the Cabo Verde Islands Saturday.

But the unusually strong high pressure system that is predicted to park itself north of the storm seems like it has the potential to push Florence on an unprecedented and potentially perilous course.

North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane since reliable records have been kept more than 150 years ago.

"It could approach the coast as far south as Georgia, or as far north as Virginia, and if we're really lucky it will stay away from the coast altogether", said Moss. The last was Hurricane Fran in 1996, which came ashore near Wilmington. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered. The models can, and probably will continue to change over the next few days.

The National Hurricane Center is advising people in the hurricane's path to prepare for potentially life-threatening storm surges, freshwater flooding and damaging winds as Florence impacts the USA this week.

This ridge of high pressure will cause a blocking pattern and steer Florence dangerously close to, or into, the East Coast of the U.S.by midweek. People in coastal communities are taking all precautions.

The hurricane's path was still far from certain Monday.

As Florence moves west, the wind shear will decrease, allowing Florence to become more organized and intensify.

About an hour after the Category 3 upgrade, the storm was reclassified once again, now as Category 4.

Forecasters said Florence was expected to become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday, and remain that way for days.

Tropical Storm Helene formed just west of Africa in the early morning hours of Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that Tropical Storm Isaac was centered about 1,540 miles (2,475 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands.


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