The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the Mayor of Washington, DC have declared States of Emergency ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence, currently forecast for the Carolinas, by the end of the week.
The order allows local emergency personnel to mobilize resources like the National Guard, in order to help prepare for the possibility of damaging conditions.
Hurricane Florence is currently in the Atlantic ocean, projected to continue traveling in a westerly direction, curving towards the US East Coast by the end of the week. Early Monday, Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm with winds of at least 130 MPH. It is forecast to possibly develop into a Category 5 shortly before landfall.
According to forecasters, once the storm makes landfall, it may stall and spin over the interior of North Carolina and Virginia, possibly dumping upwards of 24 inches of rain over several days.
Locally, around DC and Baltimore, our region can expect breezy conditions, heavy rains and possible flooding with downed trees. Keep power numbers handy in case your power goes out. Also, keep your phone charged ahead of the storm and stay tuned to us on iHeartRadio to bring you breaking news and conditions as they develop.
Here is the current projected map from the National Weather Service.