Gov. Northam declares state of emergency for tropical storm Florence

Gwen Vasquez
September 9, 2018

With Tropical Storm Florence forecast to strengthen as it heads toward the East Coast, Gov. Roy Cooper Friday declared a State of Emergency and waived transportation rules to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly.

Tropical Storm Florence remained steady but is projected to intensify and become a hurricane Sunday and by later this week could threaten the southeast USA coast, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm remains quite a distance to the southeast of Bermuda, and unlike what I was expecting a few days ago, Florence should track well to Bermuda's south before making its approach towards the East Coast.

The Latest on 11 a.m. The storm was centered about 835 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 7 mph.

The NHC notes that "given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts" its too soon to determine the impact the storm could have on the East coast, but "the risk of direct impacts continues to increase".

Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency Saturday in anticipation of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Florence.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to become a tropical storm by late Saturday afternoon, at which point it would be named Isaac. Gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend, and Florence is expected to become a hurricane again by Sunday and a major hurricane early next week.

Mr Smith said that a hurricanes strongest winds lie in the storms “right forward quadrant” from its direction of movement.

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At least 67 named storms have passed within 200 nautical miles of where Florence is now located since 1851.

The truth is Florence still has a long ways to go, hundreds and thousands of miles to travel and it is simply too early to forecast with any certainty a likely landfall area.

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

Moving southeast in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Isaac now has winds of 50 miles per hour and is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

This system will likely become a tropical storm today and a hurricane Sunday or Monday. For now, it is best to assume a hurricane will be approaching the islands on Wednesday.

A Sunday morning advisory noted that the "outer bands of Helene [were] beginning to affect the southernmost Cabo Verde islands".

“Bermuda should remain outside the radius of tropical storm force winds and the only significant impact is expected to be rough to very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially along the South Shore.”.

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