Brown said her agency and other emergency responders are preparing for the worst case scenario, while hoping for the best.
Some, but not all, of the models used by NWS to predict Florence's path indicate local flood events are probable.
"We're going to have some wind. We're going to have some rain. We're going to have some power outages," Brown said.
Wind will be a factor only in front of the weather event -- Friday through the weekend -- with heavier rain following, she said.
Brown cautioned that, if power outages do occur, they may last longer than usual, because utility crews are expected to be occupied with response to the anticipated coastal disaster.
In preparation for possible electrical interruptions, she urged people to gas up their vehicles and draw some cash out of their bank accounts.
"Get your evacuation plan in order," she said, adding that people with pets should include providing for their animals in that plan.
She said property owners should take photos of the interior and exterior of their homes and other buildings, in case an insurance claim for storm damage needs to be filed later.
In order to keep on top of the latest information on weather, road closures, missing people and other key emergency data, Brown encouraged
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"It is free," Hanna said. "Be prepared."
He said anyone who is having trouble registering for the emergency alerts should call the county commission's office in the courthouse, 304-647-6689, ext. 0, for assistance.
The area has already suffered one economic blow due to the impending storm, Brown noted.
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