Storm surge, flooding remain greatest threats on Friday morning

Published 9:03 am Friday, September 14, 2018

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence continues moving westward this morning at approximately six miles per hour. A slow westward to west-southwestward movement is expected today through Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and eastern south Carolina today and tomorrow, before moving northward across the Appalachian Mountains.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 90 miles per hour with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

According to the advisory, tornadoes are also possible throughout the day.