(AP/WESR) Governor Ralph Northam has joined the governors of North and South Carolina in declaring a stte of emergency in anticipation of the approach of Hurricane Florence.

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Florence to become a “major hurricane” Monday as it continues to approach the southeastern U.S. East Coast.

Tropical Storm Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning after spending four days out in the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical storm

The storm’s sustained winds reached 75 mph, just over the threshold for a hurricane, as it made its way across the Atlantic, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said. It was moving west at 6 mph.

The Miami-based center said that it was still too early to predict the hurricane’s exact path but that a huge coastal area from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic region should prepare for a major strike late in the week.

“All indications are that Florence will be an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States,” the hurricane center said. A Category 4 storm packs winds of 130 mph (209 kph) or more and has the potential for catastrophic damage.

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