FLORENCE: Landfall expected Friday morning, inland flooding a threat

Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

The centre of Florence, which is no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to strike North Carolina's southern coast on Friday. New Bern is about 32 miles north of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 101 miles southeast of Raleigh.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...

Rain is expected to begin in Charlotte late Friday evening and into Saturday.

The monster storm - which briefly flirted with category five status on its march across the Atlantic - was located roughly 170 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina as of 8:00 a.m. EDT Thursday.

Friday is a similar day for central and eastern Kentucky.

Packing 105 miles per hour wind, Florence is still expected to make landfall early Friday near Wilmington, N.C. It is expected to slowly move west through central SC by Sunday morning. "That's the second story of a house", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. "I've been through a lot of hurricanes down there and the worst thing about the Outer Banks is we don't have any drainage". "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said. "This will cause extremely risky flooding". Waves off the shore of North Carolina have already gotten as high as 13 feet, he saYS.

But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane. Airlines had cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

The massive storm is larger than North Carolina and South Carolina - combined, according to South Carolina Emergency Management.

More than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds, CNN reports.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center. Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning.

Meanwhile, winds and rain were expected to arrive later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

Storm surge warnings and hurricane warnings are in effect for all of North Carolina and most of SC.

Forecasters are also warning of catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites. Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge.

As we head towards late-week, all eyes remain on Hurricane Florence and the big impacts it's going to bring to the coastal areas.

Verizon is offering free calls, texts and data to customers in the storm area, according to a company statement.

The wind and rain were starting to pick up just before 5 a.m.in the Triangle.

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said.

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