A new tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic off the western coast of Africa.
As of 6pm, Tropical Storm Florence lay 900 miles east-southeast of the island, and was headed west-southwest at 8mph. "Action today can avoid losses due to Florence".
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 USA will see increasing waves and rip currents this weekend.
It had reached major hurricane status on Wednesday and peaked to maximum sustained winds of 130mph.
"We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms", Cooper said.
Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Friday and waived certain transportation restrictions so that farmers could harvest and move crops more quickly.
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It may take the cyclone some time to gather itself once the shear abates, but once it becomes vertically stacked again, the intensity is likely to increase significantly..
Florence is likely to reintensify over the next few days.
"The models are ... really starting to favor a landfall around the Carolinas", though states to the north should watch as well, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said Saturday morning. If it does brush up against the coast, Cumberland County could see winds and rain, Morrow said. Large uncertainty in model forecasts make it too soon to determine the location, magnitude and timing of the storm's impacts next week.
The NHC encouraged residents along the east coast to review their hurricane plans. Keep monitoring Daily Voice for updates. On the forecast track, Helene will pass very close to the southern Cabo Verde Islands tonight and early Sunday.
Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go. After passing the Cabo Verde Islands the system was not expected to pose a direct threat to land for at least several days.
At 8a.m. the center of the system was located near latitude 13.6 north, longitude 20.2 west, or about 290 miles (465 kilometres) east south east of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands, moving towards the west near 13 miles per hour (20 kilometres per hour).