Though it is still too early to pin down a potential
location for landfall, confidence is increasing that Florence will have
significant impacts for portions of the Southeast coast, per the Saturday
morning update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City
As of Saturday morning, Florence remains a tropical storm,
but is expected to intensify to a major hurricane by Monday night. Depending on
the storm’s eventual track, tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as
Wednesday, and the probability for tropical force winds for southeastern North
Carolina continues to increase, unless significant changes are made to the
forecast track in the next several days.
A high threat of dangerous rip currents is in effect for
Ocracoke and Hatteras islands today, and large and dangerous surf is expected throughout
the Outer Banks beginning this weekend.
Coastal erosion and ocean overwash are also possible as
early as late Sunday along the Outer Banks.
Dare County Emergency Management advises visitors and
residents to ensure that their emergency kit is properly stocked, and that their
emergency plan, including possible evacuation, is ready to implement should
protective actions become necessary. For preparedness tips and information,
For more info on Florence, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather
forecast information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport /
Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.