North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency ahead of tropical storm Florence.
The National Hurricane Center says Florence will likely strengthen again into a major hurricane by early next week as it gets closer to the U.S East Coast. At this point, it’s too early to determine if Florence will make landfall on the east coast, or make an impact to the region at all but Cooper says North Carolina must be prepared for whatever happens. South Carolina officials are keeping an eye on the storm as well.
“The risk of direct impacts to South Carolina continues to increase, however given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecast at this time ranges… we’re still talking you know four five six days out… it’s too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude,” said John Quagliariello of the Columbia, South Carolina National Weather Center.
Authorities along the east coast remain on standby waiting for potential landfall of Florence.