TS Florence: North Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina Should Begin Paying Attention…

Tropical storm Florence is highly expected to grow to hurricane strength over the next few days.  Coastal residents from Florida north throughout the southeast should be paying attention.  Look at your schedule for next week and consider what may need to be adjusted based on the future forecasts and paths.  Begin taking pro-active steps.

Being proactive is empowering.  Check your schedule for next week.  Update your contact list and tell your family and friends of your plan.  Have a point of central contact.  If you are able, call on neighbors, check-in and see if they are paying attention.  Evaluate your personal hurricane and storm supplies; update and replace anything you might have used. Assess, modify and/or update any possible evacuation plans based on your location, and/or any changes to your family status.

Check your shutters and window coverings; test your generator; re-organize and familiarize yourself with all of your supplies and hardware. Check batteries in portable tools; locate tools you might need; walk your property to consider what you may need to do based on the storms path.  All decisions are yours. You are in control.

Due to coastal populations, a southeast storm means adding almost a day to any movement plans based on roads and traffic density.  Being proactive now helps to keep any future stress level low.  You are in control. If you have pets, additional plans may be needed.

(Hurricane Center) At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Florence was located near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 54.3 West. Florence is moving toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days. A west-northwestward to northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by the middle of next week. (more)

**TIP** If you live on or near the southeast coast, one possible proactive measure is to make a list of hotels further inland that you would consider evacuating to.  Make that list today/tomorrow and follow updates of the storms’ progress.

Depending on later information you might call in advance and make a reservation; you can always cancel if not needed.  It is better to have a secondary evacuation place established in advance.  Being proactive reduces stress.  Even if you wait until much later to cancel, it is better to pay a cancellation fee (usually one night charge) than to not have a plan on where to go.   Trust me, it’s worth it.  Protect your family. Make the list of possibilities today, make the booking decision in the next 72 hrs.

Look over the National Hurricane Center resources for planning assistance.

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220 Responses to TS Florence: North Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina Should Begin Paying Attention…

  1. Lotsa “lighting” detected in the center, which, corresponds with a re~intensification .. Lighter “shear” coming under that Bermuda High, equals a east coast strike..
    Cat 3-4 at least? who knows.. It looks real bad.. https://imgur.com/a/FEQ5pe3

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  2. Pam says:

    Still a tropical storm:

    Tropical Storm #Florence Advisory 39: Florence Still Moving Slowly. https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 9, 2018

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    Here’s the 11pm Forecast Update for #Florence. The storm will start gaining strength again Sunday with possible rapid intensification Monday-Tuesday. Threat to Carolinas Increasing as it will be a Cat 4. #ncwx #scwx pic.twitter.com/68VQMCvsdd— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) September 9, 2018

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  3. Pam says:

    Take three

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  4. Folks I’m i n the center.. If I go “off line” you know Why..

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  5. ArmyMom says:

    Move valuables upstairs, and electronics. My hubs has worked many an hurricane claim as an adjustor. Take pics of appliance serial numbers to document what you have. Especially take pics of downstairs rooms. Check your insurance policy to know what is covered and not. Stuff in your basement is not….no arguments. Prayers that all will be safe and covered. Insurance adjusters want to help you….please do not make things difficult for them….they are incentivized to find more damages to cover you with.

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  6. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Getting some rain here in Virginia. I am on high ground.

    Prayers for everyone who will experience more rain and flooding.

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  7. Archie says:

    I am really confused. Statistically there is almost no chance of a hurricane positioned as this one is of hitting the US yet the projections all point straight at the US coast. Something strange is going on here.

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  8. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    In fact Gov. Northham has declared a SOE

    RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) — Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency today in anticipation of the potential impact from Tropical Storm Florence.

    Officials say the order is designed to mobilize resources in preparations of the storm and to help Virginia mitigate any damage and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses to provide assistance to other states vulnerable to Florence.

    “While the impacts of Tropical Storm Florence to Virginia are still uncertain, forecasts increasingly expect the storm to strengthen into a major hurricane that could seriously affect the East Coast and Virginians,” said Governor Northam. “Accordingly, I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now.”

    The declaration allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist in storm response and recovery efforts.

    http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Governor-Northam-Declares-State-of-Emergency-in-Advance-of-Tropical-Storm-Florence-492777481.html

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  9. Deb says:

    God bless and protect everyone in the path of this storm, especially our fellow Treepers and their loved ones. Be safe everyone.

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  10. smiley says:

    ECM operational model…shows path thru Wed Sept 10…

    https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/analysis/models/?model=ecmwf&region=atl&pkg=mslpaNorm

    note : Isaac heads due west…peters out around Costa Rica/Nicaragua…then seems to come alive again.

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  11. Pam says:

    Tropical Storm #Florence Advisory 40: Florence Expected to Become a Hurricane Today. https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 9, 2018

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  12. smiley says:

    latest tracks…starting to tighten…

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    • smiley says:

      could still swing away…praying for that.

      even so…there will be a LOT OF RAIN.

      just hope that Atlantic high starts to weaken…and allow this thing to GO NORTH and EAST !

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      • Kent says:

        I looked at windy dot com a moment ago which shows the eye moving into central NC and….stopping…slow move into VA and slow dissipation…slow as in almost two days…Chesapeake Bay area looks to really take a beating due to being on N or E of the eye…

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        • Melanie says:

          Slow……….The Deadly Word. Usually Fast storms don’t have the time to increase in tenacity.
          (Although Wilma was Fast and Furious)
          Stay Safe Everyone. AND……if you are lucky enough to have a pool, remember that chore of cleaning and treating in the Aftermath will help you tremendously.
          I have a picture of myself doing laundry in my pool after Andrew. We had no water for weeks!

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        • fuzzi says:

          Repeat of Floyd (1999)???

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  13. Oh my Right over my home!
    72H 12/0600Z 28.2N 69.1W 125 KT 145 MPH
    96H 13/0600Z 31.3N 74.8W 120 KT 140 MPH
    120H 14/0600Z 34.4N 77.9W 105 KT 120 MPH…INLAND

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  14. Prayers for all of those on the South Eastern coast, Let us pray that the Atlantic winds just blows it back into the Atlantic.!

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  15. Pam says:

    It’s a hurricane again and yep crossthread, it seems to be headed right in our direction.

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  16. Patricia Dolan says:

    Is there a seat or two up for grabs in those counties? Just asking?

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  17. Pam says:

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  19. MikeLashewitz says:

    We live in a hurricane prone region. If you are ransacking your local stores to prepare you are already proving yourself an idiot. If this is your first time that it is OK but for all else you are idiots. Tornadoes happen and they destroy infrastructure too.
    So many last minute losers who then complain, “The shelves were empty.” You should have 7 days OR MORE stored in your home at all times. You should have bug out bags for everyone in your family stored in their rooms. You should maintain them and inventory them yearly. Store water in GLASS gallon containers as it will not evaporate.
    You should ALWAYS have an emergency kit in your vehicle because ACCIDENTS HAPPEN thousands of times a day.
    The stupidest think I ever heard from my own daughter was, “I did not have car insurance because I was not planning on having an accident.” While standing beside her totaled car.
    I asked, “Who plans accidents?” Where is the accident planning bureau?
    How come of all the senses COMMON is the least used?

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    If someone hasn’t already mentioned it, along with the main preparations if you’re going to ride this out in place – make sure you have adequate defensive capabilities in place. LEA will be busy jumping through their butts responding to multiple issues, operating on an emergency footing, worried about their own families and even if you can get through to 911 their response time will be glacial.
    The main thing that protected New Orleans residents in the Katrina aftermath was armed and prepared residents taking control of their neighborhoods. Both sheriffs’ offices fell apart almost totally and the cadre of NOPD that didn’t run away was stretched so thinly that were it not for the Guard, Reserve and active military that responded and volunteer police from around the nation who gave time the city would likely have been another Fallujah.
    City/county governments don’t like to be honest about the reality of how they’ll be able to respond during a major emergency. Most residents feed their denial by swallowing the glowing promises their various levels of government serves them, only to discover later they’ve been fed a s**t sandwich. As a Katrina survivor I say that if you trust your and your family’s lives to bureaucrats, that’s your choice. On the other hand at least a 2 week supply of food, water, batteries and ‘defensive’ equipment is a good but minimum place to start. After Katrina I keep a minimum of one months generous supply of essentials on hand for each person. And my defensive equipment.

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