Gov. Northam declares state of emergency for tropical storm Florence

Gov. Northam declares state of emergency for tropical storm Florence

Governors in both SC and Virginia declared a state of emergency Saturday to give their states time to prepare for the possible arrival of the storm.

Hurricane Florence has rapidly strengthened to become a major storm, and the hurricane center says more intensification is anticipated.

None of these storms have ever hit the USA and therefore, if Florence does strike North or SC, it would be a historic moment.

As of 5 p.m., Sunday, the storm was 720 miles souteast of Bermuda and moving west.

It will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, before approaching the southeastern US coast, the NHC said in an advisory.

Swells generated by Florence are already affecting Bermuda and are beginning to reach portions of the US East Coast, the hurricane center said.

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Florence could bring a life-threatening coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.

As of early Monday, Isaac was about 1,230 miles east 1,305 miles (1,985 km) east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), the NHC said. "Presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC".

Tropical Storm Helene, which formed Friday, was about 270 miles east-southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Sunday that coastal and inland residents alike need to get ready for potentially heavy rainfall and flooding from the storm. ET, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory.

Storm surge and hurricane watches may be issued Tuesday morning for portions of southeastern U.S. states, the NHC said.

Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday to give his state time to prepare for the possible arrival of a hurricane. The storms are two of three hurricanes now spinning in the Atlantic.

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AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi said the ground in North and SC and Virginia is already saturated from recent rains.

Tropical Depression 9 has become a named system: Tropical Storm Isaac.

Generators, bottled water and snacks were flying off the shelves of area retailers over the weekend as forecasts called for higher chances that Hurricane Florence could hit the area.

The biggest threats include flooding and damaging winds.

Tropical storm force winds and some rain bands will likely begin Wednesday night, regardless of the actual landfall of the storm. The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea. While larger than Katrina (which was 415 miles wide), it still has a ways to go to reach the record width of 1,000 miles from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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