Hurricane Florence’s outer bands are now affecting the coastal areas of NC with heavy rain, tropical storm to hurricane wind gusts, and a very powerful storm surge.
Florence, as of 5:00 p.m. 9/13/2018, is a category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph. Florence’s forward movement has decreased and it now moving to the WNW at 5 mph. That forward speed is expected to continue to decrease, which will allow for a prolonged period of hurricane conditions across eastern NC.
This general forecast has been given for many days now, and it appears that landfall will be Friday morning near Wilmington. The eye is approximately 30 miles wide, so the eye will move across a very large area.
The storm will slowly move southwest before moving west over the next 3 days. This will cause very heavy rain across much of the Carolinas, and flash flood watches have been issued for much of the mountains, foothills, piedmont, and coastal areas.
Be sure to remain weather aware the next three days as Hurricane Florence impacts the Carolinas. Remember to turn around and do not drown, and also be prepared to go multiple days without power.