GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY/AP) -- President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by Florence next week. The storm made landfall in the Carolinas on Friday morning as a hurricane, before being downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the Associated Press Trump will travel to the region "early to middle of next week."

No word yet exactly where in the impacted area the president plans to travel, though the White House Press Office said more details would be forthcoming in the next few days.

Sanders added his trip will take place "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts."

Aides say Trump has been monitoring the massive storm from the White House, and he has taken to Twitter to encourage those in its path to listen to their local authorities for how best to remain safe.

The storm, blamed for at least five fatalities, has inundated parts of the Carolina coast with heavy rain and high winds.

WFMY contributed to this article.

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