Hurricane Florence Slows Significantly

Chris Sommer
September 13, 2018 - 1:48 pm
Hurricane Florence

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As expected, Hurricane Florence is throwing on the brakes.

As the outer bands of the Category Two storm continue to lash coastal North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center says Florence is now moving to the west-northwest at only five miles per hour.  That's a significant decrease in forward speed from the previous advisory released early Thursday afternoon.

Online: Latest Hurricane Florence Advisory 

As of 4 p.m. CDT, Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.  The center of the Category Two storm was located 100 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Based on the current forecast track, the eye of Florence will approach the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina later tonight, then move over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina on Friday.  Forecasters say little change in strength is expected before the center of Florence reaches the coast.  Slow weakening is anticipated after the eye moves inland or meanders near the coast.  The storm is expected to crawl across eastern and central South Carolina Friday night through Saturday.  Forecasters say rainfall totals up to 40 inches are possible.

With landfall still hours away, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday afternoon that 30,000 customers in his state were already without power.