Hurricane Florence has made landfall this morning near Wrightsville Beach, NC. The storm will continue to batter the coastlines with heavy rain, storm surge flooding, and winds at times in excess of 75 mph. The storm looks to slow down and stall over the southern NC/northern SC coasts for most of this weekend, before swinging inland across the Carolinas into Sunday, and making its way into the Appalachians into early next week. While most of the heaviest rain and highest winds will stay to our south, there is still potential for major flooding/flash flooding across our area into early next week, and power loss with gusty winds beginning to ramp up through this weekend.
Today and tomorrow, we will see increasing clouds ahead of the storm, with afternoon scattered showers and t-storms and highs in the 70s for most. Lows wills stay mild with cloud cover, in the 60s. By Sunday evening, the remnants of Florence will be heading into our area, bringing a prolonged period of heavy, steady rain Sunday evening-Monday. Rainfall amounts could easily go up or down depending on storm track and how long it decides to stay in the area- but as of now anywhere from 2-6″ of rain look possible, with the highest amounts E of I-77. This will likely cause widespread flooding across our area. Wind gusts in the 40mph range beginning this weekend and persisting into early next week may cause trees to topple in the wet soil, and may result in power loss. GET PREPARED! By later next week, we look sunny and drier. Stay tuned!