Gov. Northam declares state of emergency for tropical storm Florence

'Way too soon' to say if Florence will impact the Maritimes

North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency as a result of possible impacts from the storm. Foremost among those is Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to re-strengthen into a hurricane Sunday and looks increasingly likely to hit the East Coast.

Landfall could be made between SC and North Carolina on Thursday, according to NHC predictions. The storm, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, is projected to make landfall early Friday morning somewhere in the Carolinas, according to National Hurricane Center forecasts. The Center reports that Florence will be a unsafe hurricane near the United States' southeastern coast by late next week as the risk of "direct impacts continues to increase".

The storm was expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along the USA east coast this weekend.

Helene, meanwhile, was still in the Atlantic's spawning ground for hurricanes off the coast of Africa, swirling with 105 mph winds and forecast to become a major hurricane, about 375 miles west of the Cape Verde islands. Those on the coast and inland from SC into the mid-Atlantic region should be on alert and have a hurricane plan in place, according to the agency.

Met Service said neither of the storms are a threat to Jamaica.

McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could have top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based center said.

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Late Monday, President Donald Trump approved requests for emergency declarations in the Carolinas, which will provide federal assistance to both states.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Residents in North Carolina and other East Coast states should pay attention to the storm and begin to think about hurricane plans. "Thus, the intensity forecast is raised from the previous one, bringing Florence close to Category 5 strength tomorrow", NHS said.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday night to ease load restrictions on farmers moving harvests from fields to market or storage.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is encouraging all residents of Virginia to prepare for impacts from this storm in case it makes land fall.

Florence was the first Category 4 hurricane of the Atlantic season, but weakened as it passed through cooler waters. The U.S. Fleet Forces Command said in a news release Saturday that the ships will get ready in anticipation of getting under way Monday to avoid storm damage. Florence has been moving more toward the west and slightly northwest, potentially making direct landfall coming in from the east.

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