Local officials keep eye on Tropical Storm Florence

Local officials keep eye on Tropical Storm Florence

Local officials keep eye on Tropical Storm Florence

With Tropical Storm Florence hundreds of miles off the East Coast, it's still too early to know how it could impact coastal communities.

"During harvest, time is of the essence". However Florence has still maintained a solid core overnight and upper air winds are forecast to begin relaxing today.

To activate the transportation waiver, Gov. Cooper also signed Executive Order No. 51, declaring a State of Emergency for the State of North Carolina on Friday.

In scenario two, if the high pressure over the central Atlantic strengthens, then Florence may complete its 3,500-mile journey over the Atlantic, landing right on the US East Coast.

Florence has become the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season and could affect U.S. East Coast and the area next week.

As of Friday night, Florence has winds of 65 mph drifting 5 to 10 mph to west and located some 900 miles to the east-southeast of Bermuda.

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After the current weakening trend, it's forecast to restrengthen into a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds as it nears the United States.

The new storms formed just as tropical depression Gordon left flooding and rain behind for the Gulf Coast.

As "late next week" starts to come within range of increased model accuracy for tropical storm forecast tracks, more of those models are bringing Florence - at this writing a tropical storm - farther west. The weakening nudged the storm on more of a westerly course toward the U.S. Weaker storms are steered by different layers of the atmosphere than stronger storms.

- All eyes this weekend are out in the Atlantic tracking the movement and intensity of Tropical Storm Florence. The favorable environmental conditions are expected along the path of this developing tropical cyclone and the system should become a hurricane during the early or middle part of next week. The environment over the next few days was expected to support some further intensification.

Tropical-storm warnings have been issued for the southern Cabo Verde Islands. Residents of the Cabo Verde Islands were advised to monitor the development of the system.

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