Several US states declare a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence builds in intensity 1 year ago

Several US states declare a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence builds in intensity

Met Éireann have issued an update on the storm's potential path towards Ireland.

Storm Florence is expected to arrive on land very soon, as the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm is "expected to become a major hurricane very soon".

The exact path of the storm is not determined, but it has lead to several states on the east coast of America to declare a state of emergency in preparation for the storm making landfall.

At its current speed and direction, the soon-to-be-hurricane is expected to hit North Carolina, South Carolina and/or Virginia by Thursday or Friday this week.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam told his state's residents that: "I'm sure like me you remember Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and the Virgin Islands and the devastation they faced after last year's hurricanes. The images are hard to forget."

Meanwhile, there had been some concern that the storm would make a severe change in direction and possible head towards Ireland, the UK and/or Iceland, but in a recent conversation on Twitter, Met Éireann confirmed that they are not anticipating Storm Florence to make its way towards us: