Tropical Storm Florence Creeps Closer to US, headed toward East Coast

CHARLESTON, SC (WSCC) - As for Florence, the hurricane center said Saturday morning that "gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend."

As of Saturday at 11am, the forecast cone included areas of South Carolina, however Live 5 Meteorologist, Danielle Prinz, told us not to freak out as the forecast cone shows anywhere the center eye can go. If the eye goes more north or south, that could mean big changes as far as impacts to the Lowcountry.  

Yesterday evening, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency. Cooper said it’s “too early” to know where the storm will go, but residents should use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.

As of midday Saturday, Florence had winds of 65 mph and was crawling to the west at 7 mph. The center of the storm was about 835 miles southeast of Bermuda.


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Prepare for the Hurricane: 

Have an emergency plan in place and begin making preparations for families, homes and businesses. Know where you will go in the event of an evacuation and know your evacuation route. Check emergency supply kits to make sure they are stocked and the following necessary items are included:

  • Non-perishable food – at least a 3-day supply per person
  • Drinking water - two gallons per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Weather radio with extra batteries
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Necessary medications and prescriptions
  • Needed supplies for any children
  • Needed supplies for any pets
  • Important documents (insurance policies, property deeds, photo ID, tax records, bank information, etc.)
  • Toiletries and other personal hygiene/sanitation items
  • Cash
  • Cell phone and chargers

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