FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE: Florence downgraded to Tropical Storm status
UPDATE 8 PM
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Florence has moved into eastern-South Carolina near Myrtle Beach and life-threatening surges and strong winds continue into Friday night.
"Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts," NHC says. "Gradual weakening is expected tonight. Significant weakening is forecast over the weekend"
UPDATE 5 PM
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Florence has been downgraded to Tropical Storm status.
UPDATE 2 PM
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Hurricane Florence is continuing to move very slowly inland.
"A slow westward to west-southwestward motion is expected today through Saturday," NHC says. "On the forecast track, the center will move farther inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina today, and across extreme eastern South Carolina tonight and Saturday."
The NHC adds maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph "with higher gusts, mainly over water."
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 5 p.m.
UPDATE 11 AM
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Hurricane Florence is continuing its path inland to the Carolinas.
The center said that there continue to be "life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force wind gusts."
Florence is also expected to cause heavy rain throughout the Carolinas, totaling 30-40 inches. The expectation will be "catastrophic" flooding and "prolonged" river flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The NHC will produce another complete Florence update by 5 p.m. EDT with an intermediate advisory at 2 p.m. EDT.
Follow along at hurricanes.gov.
MACON, Ga. -- Hurricane Florence has been spinning in the Atlantic for more than two weeks. It is projected to make landfall at some point Friday morning.
UPDATE: Hurricane Florence made landfall as a strong category one hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, NC at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning.
After a storm makes landfall it begins to weaken. Florence is expected to fall to tropical storm strength by Saturday morning. Despite it's impending downgraded heavy rain is still expected in the Carolina.
Hurricane Florence has downgraded to a strong category one hurricane as of this morning. The eye of the storm made landfall early Friday and will continue to weaken as it comes onshore. The winds are around 90 mph and wind gusts are still at an impressive 120 mph.
The track of Florence hasn't changed all that much over the past few model runs. A vast majority of the mid-state is kept out of the cone of uncertainty. However, we could still see some impacts locally from the storm.
If the storm takes crosses into northeastern Georgia, which there is still a small chance, we will see more rain moving into our area. As of Friday morning we are projected to see around 1/2 to 1 inches of rain from this tropical system.
Our biggest threat locally is some strong wind gusts. Middle Georgia is unlikely to feel any tropical storm force winds, but wind gusts around 30-40 mph are possible on Sunday.
Stick with us both on-air and online for the latest on Hurricane Florence.