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Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Florence

Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Florence

The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall.

The Miami-based center said in its 5 a.m. ET advisory that Florence was moving west northwest at 9 miles per hour.

Helene is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour, packing maximum-sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

Virginia joined North and SC in declaring a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which is expected to be a major hurricane.

Experts say the East Coast should prepare for a blow by the middle of the week as the hurricane rapidly intensifies.

Tropical Storm Florence is still moving westward in the Atlantic at 9 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence is now an extremely powerful storm, gaining steam in the Atlantic Ocean as it moves on a track for a direct strike on the East Coast.

It stated there is an "increasing risk of life threatening hazards" from storm surge and heavy rainfall but noted it was too early to determine the exact location, timing and magnitude of these impacts.

As Tropical Storm Florence heads toward the USA coast, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

More news: Three hurricanes churn the Atlantic; 1 could impact East Coast

Risky swells generated by Florence affected Bermuda and have begun to reach parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Landfall is expected in the Carolinas later this week, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Officials in North Carolina were already bracing for impact. Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.

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.

Tropical Storm Helene is just off the African coast and tropical storm warnings have been issued for the southern Cabo Verde Islands.

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency.

"I dont think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

"Florence is. expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the hurricane center warned. If these disturbance become tropical storms, they will be named Helene and Isaac. In Jacksonville, North Carolina, about 20 miles inland, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported.

Moving closer to the Caribbean, Tropical Depression Nine has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph Saturday morning, and is now 172 miles east of the Windward Islands. Then, the storm was expected to weaken a bit as it encounters storm-hindering wind shear, or fluctuations of wind speeds in the atmosphere. It is expected to approach the Hawaiian Islands as a tropical storm by early next week, becoming the third tropical weather system to affect the islands this year.


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