Forecasters Say Hurricane Florence Again Getting Stronger

Chris Sommer
September 11, 2018 - 1:22 pm
Hurricane Warning

© Staff Photo by Jenna Miller


The National Hurricane Center says "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Florence likely will bring destructive winds and life-endangering storm surge to the Carolinas and parts of the mid-Atlantic later this week.

In the 4 p.m. CDT update, forecasters say the maximum sustained winds of Florence are up to 140 miles per hour.  The monster storm - 500 miles across - continues to track to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.  Additional strengthening is expected tonight into early tomorrow.

Hurricane warnings are now posted from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.

The Hurricane Center says Florence is expected to slow down considerably before approaching the U.S. mainland late Thursday or early Friday.  Forecasters are warning of catastrophic flooding in the affected areas after landfall, with general rainfall amounts of 15-25 inches, and isolated rainfall totals of 35 inches.