The Tropical Storm Florence has continued to make its way towards the East Coast. The North Carolina’s governor has issued a state of emergency. The storm is expected to regain hurricane strength and poses the threat of heavy rain, rip currents and dangerous surf.
Gov. Roy Cooper had declared the state of emergency on Friday. He called on residents and specifically farmers to prepare for the gathering storm.
Cooper said in a news release that while it is still too early to know the storm’s path, everyone has to be prepared. He added that time is of the essence during harvest and actions taken today can avoid losses due to Florence.
Cooper also signed a transportation waiver that now allows farmers to harvest and transport their crops more quickly.
The governor’s statement stated that the executive order would certainly help gather and move crops in and through the state more quickly and easily in response to problems that can occur because of the Tropical Storm Florence in North Carolina and along the East Coast.
Cooper assured that the emergency management officials were working with local and federal officials to prepare for what could be the “possible impacts” from Florence.
He acknowledged that they are entering the peak of the hurricane season and they cannot underestimate the unpredictability and power of these storms.
On very similar lines, South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division had advised coastal residents to immediately start making contingency plans.
Hurricane specialist Robbie Berg wrote in a forecast advisory that the risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week have increased drastically. But there is still a lot of uncertainty in the model forecasts of Florence’s track beyond the fifth day. So, it is difficult to locate the exact location of the storm.
According to the National Hurricane Centers , Florence’s maximum sustained winds were at a speed of about 60 mph as of 11 p.m. ET Friday. The storm’s center was about 905 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and was moving west at a speed of 7 mph.
Forecasters said that it was too early to tell where Florence will be headed towards. Some forecast models have indicated that the storm would be slamming into land sometime late next week. The others have indicated that it would curve away from the sore. The storm had reached a major hurricane status this week on Wednesday, It was peaking with a maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.