Florence Now Category 3, Danger Continues

Chris Sommer
September 12, 2018 - 2:30 pm

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As of 4 p.m. CDT, Hurricane Florence remains a strong Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was located about 385 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. The storm is moving to the northwest at 16 miles per hour. Minimum central pressure was 949 mb (28.03 inches), up slightly from the previous advisory.

Forecasters say some fluctuations in strength are possible through Thursday morning.  While slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane as it nears the Carolinas late Thursday and Friday.

Hurricane Florence remains a large and impressive storm, with hurricane-force winds extending up to 70 miles from the center.  Tropical storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the eye.

The National Hurricane Center says catastrophic coastal flooding will be a major concern with Florence. Coastal areas of North Carolina could receive general rainfall amounts of 20-30 inches, with isolated totals near 40 inches.

A hurricane warning remains in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.