Tropical Storm Florence approach prompts state-of-emergency declaration in North Carolina

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The immediate threat this weekend will be large swells and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast due to the storm.

The storm was 1,660 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and about 1,115 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving northwest neat 10 miles per hour, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said Florence's weakening appeared to have stopped for the moment, but restrengthening is forecast over the weekend.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Friday as Tropical Storm Florence heads toward the East Coast in an effort to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly by waiving transportation rules.

It's not yet clear whether Florence will threaten the United States, although forecast tracks show it could make landfall along the Carolinas. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, and it is moving to the west at 10 miles per hour.

As of Friday afternoon, Florence continued to slowly cross the Atlantic Ocean now moving more westerly compared to northwesterly.

The earliest that storm-force winds are expected to reach the coast is Tuesday night, if Florence does not veer off, according to the National Weather Service.

"Florence could become a hurricane again by Sunday".

In scenario one, an area of high pressure over the central Atlantic weakens, allowing Florence to curve northward and finally northeastward out to sea.

Projections show a meandering course, and the National Hurricane Centre cautioned that a variety of models were in play, making it hard to forecast into next week.

And while its long-term path is still uncertain, the storm is expected to begin affecting parts of the U.S. East Coast over the next few days.

"All interests in the public should keep a very close eye" on the storm, Pfaff said.

Please consult your local National Weather Service office at weather.gov for the latest information on any tropical or storms or hurricanes that could be a threat to your area. NHC added that the risk of direct impact from the storm along the U.S. East Coast over the next week has increased but there it is is too soon to determine location, magnitude and timing of the impact.

The next name up in the storm rotation is Isaac.

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