Officials: Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence

- Both North and South Carolina are under states of emergency as Hurricane Florence looks to strike the Carolina coast. Leaders in both states are asking people to pay attention.

The now category 2 storm is expected to slam the east coast this week as a possible category 4 hurricane.

"We do not know what the chances are that it will hit us or if so, what kind of blow or where and we don't know precisely when," said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster."

Florence is being felt along the North Carolina coast with large sea swells. Emergency officials say they're keeping a close eye on the forecast and where to move resources to respond to the storm.

"We are preparing for the worst and of course hoping for the best."

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Given the potential impact, officials say now is the time to get supplies and a way to receive weather alerts. Hurricane damage can go beyond the coast as heavy rain and strong winds are expected inland.

The State of Emergency Response Team, which includes the Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and North Carolina National Guard, are ready to deploy.

In South Carolina, the price gouging law is now in effect. Normal price increases can be expected, but officials don't want people to be taken advantage of as they buy goods and gas.

Now is the time to download the FOX 46 News & Weather apps and receive alerts on Hurricane Florence.

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