Its approach prompted state-of-emergency declaration in North Carolina. In a 5 a.m. ET Saturday update, the National Hurricane Center placed the storm southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Improving atmospheric conditions were expected to allow Florence to regain its former strength. It will became a a hurricane by Sunday. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called on residents, specifically farmers, to make preparations because the storm was expected to bring heavy rain, dangerous surf and rip currents. North Carolina’s Gov. also signed a transportation waiver that would allow farmers to harvest and transport their crops more quickly.
Cooper said that emergency management officials were working with local and federal officials to prepare for “possible impacts” from Florence. says it’s “too early” to know where the storm will go, but he says residents should use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) entered Operation Condition 4 Friday afternoon. Florence is expected to be a hurricane again this weekend and poses a threat to the U.S. East Coast around Thursday. Forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go.