SC Governor declares state of emergency in preparation of TS Florence

- South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency in preparation of a possible impact from Tropical Storm Florence. 

Florence is expected to strengthen into a hurricane next week and the governor says South Carolina residents should begin preparing homes and property now. 

The Governor's State of Emergency enables agencies to come together to form the state Emergency Response Team. The team will be best able to support requests for assistance from local agencies and respond to the storm as needed. 

According to the National Weather Service, Florence is more than 1,500 miles from the East Coast, but strong rip currents along many East Coast beaches & Bermuda are likely this weekend. 

Florence is expected to be a major, dangerous hurricane that will be near the East Coast later next week. The National Weather Service says there is still uncertainty in exact timing and magnitude but the risk of direct impacts continue to increase. 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon. 

Stay with FOX 46 Charlotte and the Neighborhood Storm Watch Team for updates on Tropical Storm Florence. 

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