ATLANTA - The governors of South and North Carolina have declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Florence, which is supposed to regain strength as it moves closer to the U.S. east coast.
Strong wind shear has downgraded Florence to a Tropical Storm. But according to Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan, Florence is expected to regain strength this weekend.
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The newest models show it trending more toward the east coast next week.
TRACKING FLORENCE: Good morning! Florence is a 65 mph tropical storm in the central Atlantic -- but will return to hurricane strength by early Sunday.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) September 8, 2018
You get the idea in this forecast track -- interests along the SE coast northward need to watch! pic.twitter.com/Q2K7UvsKZj
Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns says the storm is projected to strengthen to a category 4 by mid next week.
WATCH Channel 2 Action News for the latest track on the storm from Severe Weather Team 2.
Severe Weather Team 2 is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Helene, which was upgraded Friday night, and another disturbance off the African Coast.
That disturbance that could very well become a depression or named Tropical Storm Issac in the next 24 to 48 hours.
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"Since we are near the peak of hurricane season -- Sept. 10 -- this is a good time for everyone who lives in a hurricane-prone area to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place," Walls said.
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