State of emergency declared in Va. in advance of tropical storm

10 September, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Two Weather Systems Are Developing In Atlantic; Advisories Could Be Issued Today -

Tropical Storm Helene was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, although Florence is already creating rip currents along North Carolina's coast, the storm could have direct impacts on as far south as Georgia or as far north as Virginia by Thursday or Friday.

The state of sc is preparing for some level of impact from Hurricane Florence, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday.

The latest projection for the path of the storm, released Sunday, shows the storm track centered on Wilmington, N.C., with forecasters predicting it will be a "dangerous major hurricane" by the time it reaches the coast later in the week.

The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was swirling across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda.

Florence is now 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is forecast to continue towards the United States, and approach the southeastern coast by Thursday.

A change in atmospheric conditions was expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength.

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Florence's maximum sustained winds Friday evening were estimated to be 105 km/h, with the storm centred about 1457km east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 13km/h.

And courtesy of BoatUS.com, one of our favorite storm-tracking websites, here is its latest projected forecast track ... "I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now", Northam said. 9 Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Florence.

At a press conference with the state's Emergency Management Division director Kim Stenson, McMaster told residents to follow a "Hurricane Guide" and prepare their homes.

Forecasters say two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also have high chances of developing into tropical storms.

Florence is forecast to move west Sunday, but then begin to turn west-northwest by Monday.

Even if Florence remains entirely at sea, the storm is likely to generate heavy seas and hazardous rip currents along the US this weekend, the hurricane center warned. The NHC has also issued an advisory for the Eastern Pacific on Tropical Storm Paul, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Hurricane Olivia, which is moving quickly westward toward Hawaii.

Forecasters said it is now around 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands and is carrying winds of 65mph (100kph).

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