Hurricane Florence is expected to become a major hurricane on Monday as Virginia prepares for a major flooding threat later this week.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, Florence was 625 miles southeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
Rapid strengthening is expected, and Florence could become a major hurricane Monday morning. It is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.
“There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland,” forecasters noted Sunday afternoon. “
"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds," forecasters noted Monday morning. "Interests at the coast and inland from South Carolina into the Mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials."
According to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Sterling, local impacts from Florence are uncertain, but the greatest threat appears to be freshwater flooding as a result of heavy rainfall.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a state of emergency Saturday to begin preparations for the storm’s impact on the state and to prepare to assist other states in the path.
All Virginians should expect potential impacts and life-threatening conditions from this storm, state emergency management officials said Sunday night.
Tips to prepare from Prince William County Office of Emergency Management: