The governor of South Carolina has followed North Carolina in declaring a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence becomes a “better organized” weather system that’s expected to strengthen to a hurricane on Saturday. The approaching storm prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency on Friday, a step that makes resources available for addressing the storm’s effects.

The storm was expected to bring heavy rain, dangerous surf and rip currents to North Carolina, where Cooper called on residents, specifically farmers, to make preparations. “While it’s still too early to know the storm’s path, we know we have to be prepared,” Cooper said in a news release. “During harvest, time is of the essence. Action today can avoid losses due to Florence.” READ MORE