Here is the newest information on Tropical Storm Florence as it lands on the East Coast.
The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties. Florence is still a very large hurricane. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward for up to 195 miles. It's now predicted to move west across SC, where the fallout will likely hit the Carolina coast on Thursday night or early Friday.
Florence is expected to make landfall about 8 a.m. Friday, then stall over the Wilmington region, dumping up to 35 inches of rain and prompting worry of "extreme" flash flooding. Showers and storms will increase in activity as the day progresses.
North Carolina has had this problem before.
This satellite image of Florence hurtling towards the east coast on Wednesday gives a sense of its massive scale.
Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds. "We have shifted from preparation to determination". By Monday Florence, a slow moving system, will move through Pennsylvania according to model data. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".
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The National Hurricane Center said the storm's strength should continue through Thursday.
Virginia Beach: 30-40 G50+.
The storm's eye was about 145 miles southeast of Wilmington as of 11 a.m., the briefing said.
Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour. A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday.
You may have heard about Hurricane Florence, the storm careering towards the U.S. east coast prompting warnings of an impending disaster.
Forecasters predict the storm will linger near the coast of the Carolinas from Thursday night to Saturday, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.
"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", according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm-force winds are forecast to hit the Carolinas Thursday evening, according to Business Insider.