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"The models are ... really starting to favor a landfall around the Carolinas", though states to the north should watch as well, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said Saturday morning.

Describing the storm as being "very unpredictable", McMaster said the state would begin to prepare themselves.

Gov. Henry McMaster has issued a state of emergency for the state of SC in anticipation of Tropical Storm Florence making landfall.

None of these storms have ever hit the United States and therefore, if Florence does strike North or SC, it would be a historic moment.

- Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Florence.

Gov Cooper also urged families to prepare in case the cyclone strikes the mainland. There's now little room for this storm to skirt out to sea.

On Saturday, the U.S. Navy's Fleet Forces Command announced that it had ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads, Va., area to set Sortie Condition Charlie, Sept. 7. Remarkably, Florence was previously able to intensify into a major hurricane despite being in an environment of moderate to strong vertical wind shear, which gives me yet another reason to point out why we have a lot to learn about tropical cyclone rapid intensity changes.

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The National Hurricane Center said Florence's maximum sustained winds Friday evening were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (105 kph). Gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend, and Florence is expected to become a hurricane again by Sunday and a major hurricane early next week.

In the coming days, Florence will slowly begin its approach towards the East Coast.

The chances of a direct hit from Tropical Storm Florence along the Carolinas increased Saturday, according to a release from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Behind Florence is two other storms that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring.

Coastal residents should also check what hurricane evacuation zone they live in.

Current forecast maps from the National Hurricane Center suggest OH could be affected by strong winds and rain from Florence as early as Thursday night or early Friday, but the path of the storm and its intensity remain uncertain this far in advance. Tropical Storm Helene, located just off the west African coast, was christened late Friday night and may reach hurricane status shortly, which would be extremely unusual for a storm situated so far east in the Atlantic.

Storm plans should include ensuring that back-up power supplies and tools, such as chain saws, are fueled and working properly, Booth said.