Scott Bullard, Fayetteville's emergency management coordinator, said he has been in contact, via email, with N.C. Emergency Management and staying abreast of weather-related developments.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a pre-emptive state of emergency on Saturday morning.
Florence is still sitting in an area of significant wind shear, which has kept the storm from strengthening.
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..
A ridge of high pressure moving in from the central U.S.is expected to move toward the Northeast by midweek.
The NHC encouraged residents along the east coast to review their hurricane plans.
The US East Coast is bracing for Florence as it approaches the coastline.
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"Swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda [Friday] and will reach portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend", the center said. Most of the models are now showing Florence having a direct and major impact to the East Coast in the upcoming week.
A tropical storm formed in the eastern Atlantic continues to move toward the western coast of Africa. Helene will pass close to or perhaps over the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands Saturday night and Sunday. Or, it could make an actual landfall, with more severe impacts at the beaches, and wind & rain farther inland here in the Piedmont.
Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday.
As of Saturday morning, Tropical Florence was moving at nine miles per hour with winds of 60 miles per hour. The system is moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour. We will closely be monitoring its track in the coming days. Additional strengthening is forecast for the next couple of days and Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday.
Tropical Depression 9 could develop into a tropical storm and threaten the Caribbean next week.
Although, they add that it's too soon to determine the exact location and impact Olivia will have. The current projected path could bring this system over the Lesser Antilles during the latter part of next week.
The Pacific Ocean is also lively this weekend. However, this storm is forecast to dissipate in a few days.