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Florence makes landfall, whips Carolinas with winds and flooding rains

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The 11 a.m. track for Hurricane Florence. (WPEC)

People sheltering in North and South Carolina spent the night listening to hurricane-force winds and torrential rains.

The hurricane causing this destruction lingered off shore until after daybreak Friday.

Just before 8 a.m. the National Hurricane Center tweeted Florence had made official landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m.

The storm has weakened to a Category 1 with 85 mph winds, but has slowed to only 3 mph. This means the area has many more hours of powerful winds before any relief comes. The threat of epic flooding is only beginning for the area.

BULLETIN FROM NHC

BULLETIN

Hurricane Florence Advisory Number 61

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018

1100 AM EDT Fri Sep 14 2018

...FLORENCE JUST INLAND NEAR CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA...

...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGES AND HURRICANE-FORCE WIND GUSTS

CONTINUE...

...CATASTROPHIC FRESHWATER FLOODING EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF NORTH

AND SOUTH CAROLINA...

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...34.0N 78.0W

ABOUT 20 MI...30 KM SW OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA

ABOUT 55 MI...90 KM ENE OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 245 DEGREES AT 3 MPH...6 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...958 MB...28.29 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued north of Duck,

North Carolina, including the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point

Comfort.

The Hurricane Warning has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning

from Duck, North Carolina, south to Bogue Inlet, including the

Albemarle Sound.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina

* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico

Rivers

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* South Santee River South Carolina to Bogue Inlet North Carolina

* Pamlico Sound

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

* Bogue Inlet North Carolina to Duck North Carolina

* Albemarle Sound

Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states

should monitor the progress of Florence.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible

inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your

local National Weather Service forecast office.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

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At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Florence was

located near latitude 34.0 North, longitude 78.0 West. Florence is

moving toward the west-southwest near 3 mph (6 km/h). A slow

westward to west-southwestward motion is expected today through

Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move

further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and

extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday. Florence will

then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the

central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher

gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight.

Significant weakening is expected over the weekend and into early

next week while Florence moves farther inland.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from

the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195

miles (315 km). A wind gust to 75 mph (120 km/h) was recently

reported at the National Ocean Service station in Wrightsville

Beach, and a 72 mph (116 km/h) was recently reported at a

Weatherflow site just north of Cape Fear at Federal Point.

The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations

is 958 mb (28.29 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the

tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by

rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has the

potential to reach the following heights above ground...

Cape Fear NC to Cape Lookout NC...7-11 ft, with locally higher

amounts in the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo, and Bay Rivers

Cape Lookout NC to Ocracoke Inlet NC...6-9 ft

South Santee River SC to Cape Fear NC...4-6 ft

Ocracoke Inlet NC to Salvo NC...4-6 ft

Salvo NC to Duck NC...2-4 ft

Edisto Beach SC to South Santee River SC...2-4 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of

onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and

destructive waves. Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over

short distances. For information specific to your area, please see

products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast

office.

RAINFALL: Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive

rainfall in the following areas...

Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South

Carolina...an additional 20 to 25 inches, with isolated storm totals

of 30 to 40 inches. This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash

flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.

Remainder of South Carolina and North Carolina into southwest

Virginia...5 to 10 inches, isolated 15 inches. This rainfall will

produce life-threatening flash flooding.

Rainfall totals exceeding 14 inches thus far have been reported at

several locations across southeastern North Carolina.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina

today.

SURF: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions

of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas.

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip

current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather

office.


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