Gov. Cooper issues emergency orders in advance of storm to help farmers

Gov. Cooper issues emergency orders in advance of storm to help farmers

The National Hurricane Center issued advisories Saturday morning on Tropical Storm Florence, which is located over the central Atlantic Ocean and is expected to return to Hurricane status on Sunday.

Although it is quite a distance away, swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda Saturday, and Florida along with most of the East Coast of the US will see increasing waves and rip currents this weekend.

Just where the storm will head is still uncertain, but computer models used by the center's specialists to forecast track indicated a US landfall looked increasingly likely.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state of emergency Friday evening, calling on residents, specifically farmers, to prepare for the gathering storm. The storm was traveling west at 8 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

"Wind shear is expected to weaken which will allow (Florence) to strengthen and move west into warmer waters which will help it develop into a hurricane", Michael Stroz, a meteorologist for the NWS in Charleston said. The expectation is that a powerful hurricane will approach the mid-East Coast of the US next Wednesday or Thursday.

Florence is still sitting in an area of significant wind shear, which has kept the storm from strengthening. On this path, Florence will track over the warm waters off the southeast USA coastline.

Florence is expected to become a hurricane today and a major hurricane by Monday or Tuesday.

A tropical storm formed in the eastern Atlantic continues to move toward the western coast of Africa. If it does brush up against the coast, Cumberland County could see winds and rain, Morrow said. Florence, because of its weaker state, has been moving along toward the west. Helene is within 300 miles from the islands and its tropical storm conditions are expected to begin impacting them Saturday night.

Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go.

“All the while, sea surface temperatures will be gradually increasing to between 28 to 29C (82.4 to 84.2F), and perhaps more importantly, oceanic heat content values will double in three to four days, ” the NHC site added.

It's still too early to forecast whether Isaac could be a threat to South Florida.

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