Effects of Florence already felt along North Carolina coast

September 9, 2018

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — Officials say the effects of Hurricane Florence are already being felt along the North Carolina coast.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City said swells from the storm will lead to dangerous rip currents in certain coastal areas Sunday. Beachgoers were recommended to stay out of the water.

On the Outer Banks, the town of Nags Head said it had posted no-swimming flags on beaches. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore also urged people to stay out of the ocean.

North Carolina remains under a state of emergency issued by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and was swirling toward the U.S. The National Hurricane Center says it’s too early to predict the storm’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.

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