THURSDAY UPDATE: Florence track shifts slightly north
MACON, Ga. -- Hurricane Florence weakened to a category 2 storm yesterday. The track of the storm has also changed quite a bit over the past 24 hours.
Thursday morning's track takes half of the mid-state out of the potential track. Another big change is that the storm should weaken quicker than expected. On Wednesday afternoon, Florence was expected to keep tropical storm strength until it hit the Georgia border. Now it is projected to downgrade about halfway through South Carolina.
Half of Middle Georgia may have been removed from the cone of uncertainty, but local impacts from the storm are still possible. Our area could still see around 2-4 inches of rain mainly northeast of Macon. Wind speeds will also be something to watch. Those values could be upwards of 30-40 mph.
There are still a couple models that keep the center of the storm moving through the mid-state.
The mid-state will feel the effects of the storm on Sunday and the first half of Monday.
The WGXA Weather team has issued a weather warn day for Sunday ahead of Florence. Weather Warn Day is a new WGXA Weather initiative meant to clearly identify potentially dangerous and impactful weather events, and let you know how you could be impacted days before they happen.
Stick with us both on-air and online for the latest on Hurricane Florence.