Governor Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Florence Approaches

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Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected each day for this week. A few of these could produce locally heavy rainfall resulting in localized flooding. Looking toward the end of the week, there is increasing potential that Hurricane Florence will impact some part of the eastern U.S. coast and move inland. However, at this time confidence is entirely too low to pinpoint any location for landfall and to further specify the inland track. There is still the possibility that Florence could remain in the open Atlantic. You are encouraged to stay tuned for updates. In your 7-day forecast: The chance of rain is 30 to 60 percent through Saturday. Highs 80 to 83 and lows 64 to 69.

Florence intensified into a hurricane on Sunday and was expected to strengthen rapidly as it churned across the Atlantic Ocean and threatened to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast by the end of the week. With winds at 75 miles per hour, Florence became a Category 1 hurricane and was expected to develop into a major storm, defined as Category 3 or higher, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Forecasters were also tracking two more storms further out in the Atlantic, with Tropical Storm Isaac expected to become a hurricane later on Sunday as it barreled toward the Caribbean.
U.S. residents from South Carolina to Virginia were warned that Florence posed an increased risk of life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as flooding from heavy rainfall inland. On its current trajectory, winds from the hurricane could reach the southeastern United States late on Wednesday, with Florence possibly making landfall around the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a dangerous storm. Swells generated by Florence already were impacting Bermuda and starting to reach the U.S. coast, with life-threatening surf and rip current conditions likely, according to the NHC.

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