Florence projected to strengthen to major hurricane

Larry Hoffman
September 8, 2018

Two faraway waves that may pose a bigger risk to South Florida are also expected to become tropical depressions over the weekend. That gives us some time to do our hurricane preps now.

As of 11 a.m. ET Friday, Florence had winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 8 miles per hour. By next Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center predicts Florence will be on the brink of Category 4 intensity with 130 miles per hour sustained winds. For the most part, hurricane track forecasting is not very accurate more than five days out, which is why the National Hurricane Center's official track only shows the next five days.

The storm is entirely unlikely to hit oil production or delivery terminals but it may have economic impacts.

Despite weakening on Wednesday, Florence has already started to rebound as the wind shear relaxes.

"It's coming from the southeast, so it's probably going to impact all of them", Hawkins said.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the declaration in a news release Friday evening as the storm neared Bermuda.

Pronesti said while it's still early to tell if this weekend's weather will be any worse than previous storms, he warns drivers should take caution and avoid driving through flooded streets.

However, much uncertainty remained Friday night as to the storm's eventual track, NOAA said.

In the meantime, his office is putting precautions in place.

James Morrow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said Friday that it will be early next week before forecasters can more accurately determine the storm's path.

Storm plans should include ensuring that back-up power supplies and tools, such as chain saws, are fueled and working properly, Booth said.

In a news release, Pender County Emergency Management advised people to visit www.ReadyNC.org to find a supply checklist and download the ReadyNC app from the statewide Emergency Management office.

Now is the time to beginning thinking about hurricane preparedness if you live along or near the coast.

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