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Major Hurricane Florence: Florence remains a large and dangerous hurricane today. The storm has grown in size as hurricane force winds extend out up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds reach 175 miles from the center. Hurricane warnings and watches remain in effect for the coastline of the Carolinas. Florence is currently moving northwest around 16 mph and will begin to slow down considerably tonight as it nears the coast of North Carolina. All of the latest computer model guidance is in agreement that Florence will slow down or stall near Wilmington, North Carolina and possibly turn southwest towards the coast of South Carolina. The latest official forecast shows that Florence may not make landfall until Friday morning. Due to the forecasted slow movement of Florence along the coast, major impacts are expected to occur across portions of the Carolinas. By early next week, Florence will finally begin to move towards North GA & Eastern TN where gusty winds and heavy rain will be an issue.
> Prolonged, sustained winds of 74-100 mph+ will be possible around the center. Some locations could experience hurricane force winds for more than 24 hours due to the slow movement of the hurricane.
> Storm surge up to 13 feet is forecasted to the right of where the center comes ashore. Storm surge watches & warnings are in effect.
> Rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 inches, with isolated amounts up to 40 inches will be possible across coastal portions of North Carolina (see image below). South Carolina, western and northern North Carolina may receive 5 to 10 inches with isolated amounts up to 20 inches. Elsewhere in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states, 3 to 6 inches with isolated amounts of 12 inches are possible.
If you are in or near the cone, please use this time to finish preparations and execute your hurricane plan by early AM Wednesday. Always listen to the advice of your local emergency management officials. Unfortunately, Florence will be a storm that will be remembered for many years to come as it will cause widespread devastation and is a major threat to life and property. It's impossible to cover all the details of this storm in one post, we urge you to review the public advisory from the National Hurricane Center for all the latest and up-to-date information. Please stay safe if the storm is headed your way. Thank you for using the Hurricane Tracker App will have another discussion as conditions warrant.