Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Governor declares State of Emergency ahead of Florence

Governor declares State of Emergency ahead of Florence

"Florence is likely to re-attain hurricane status in about 48 hours and then potentially major hurricane strength by days 4-5", the latest forecast says.

Even if Florence stays out to sea, models show other systems developing over the Atlantic, nearly on cue as the hurricane season hits its peak Monday.

However, Florence is forecast to begin restrengthening as conditions become more favorable for it to gain the vertical structure that creates powerful hurricanes.

Florence had attained Category 4 strength by Wednesday, when it was packing 130 miles per hour winds, before it weakened to a tropcal storm on Friday, but was predicted to rebound as a Category 3 storm by Tuesday morning.

The good news is that Bermuda looks to be in the clear in terms of direct impacts from Florence as the storm passes to the south late on Monday.

Just because no hurricane on record started where Florence started and hit the U.S. mainland as major hurricane doesn't mean that it has never happened.

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As Tropical Storm Florence continued making its way toward the East Coast, North Carolina's governor issued a state of emergency. Florence, because of its weaker state, has been moving along toward the west. Sustained winds had slowed to 65 miles per hour.

The storm is nearly 1,600 miles from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and is still as much as a week away from a potential US landfall, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

"Given the large uncertainty at these time ranges, it is far too soon to speculate what, if any, impacts Florence may have on the U.S. East Coast next week", the NHC said. The track of this storm will influence our weather too. Or, it could make an actual landfall, with more severe impacts at the beaches, and wind & rain farther inland here in the Piedmont.

The best-case scenario would be for Florence to track more to the north, staying east of Bermuda and in the open waters of the central Atlantic into next week. Since Florence is now a tropical storm, it is maintaining a more southerly and westerly track than thought.

This news comes only a day after tropical storm Gordon hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, claiming one child's life.

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