Friday evening, a weakened Florence was spinning about 905 miles east-southeast of
Some models show Florence veering sharply north in the coming days and missing
"It's coming from the southeast, so it's probably going to impact all of them," Hawkins said.
The earliest that storm-force winds are expected to reach the coast is Tuesday night, if
In the meantime, his office is putting precautions in place. Hawkins said the office will begin sending out regular PowerPoints on the storm's movement to local emergency officials and media, and additional
"Hopefully it'll veer off and be out in the ocean and not get anybody, but we'll be ready to go," he said.
Emergency officials say
In a news release,
"This is the time to prepare," the release quoted
The state emergency office recommends that kits have enough supplies for every person in your household for three to seven days. If you have a pet, make sure he has his own store of supplies, including an ID tag and current photos in case he gets lost.
Families should have a standing emergency plan that every member of the household understands, according to the state office. Keep contact numbers for family and friends handy, and make sure they are aware if you are expecting severe weather in your area.
Hawkins said while it's far too early to expect the worst, it never hurts to prepare for it.
"Be ready to go when the time comes," Hawkins said.
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