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|February 20, 2019|
Florence: ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ eyes Carolina coast
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - The path of Hurricane Florence is still set squarely on the Carolinas, but early Wednesday morning, the storm slowed and it’s path shifted south and west, encompassing more of South Carolina and western North Carolina.
The “probable” forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, as of 11 a.m. Wednesday showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the South Carolina coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center was reporting waves within the storm are 83 feet high, and rainfall projections for coastal North Carolina are in the 20 to 40 inch range.
“We cannot stress this enough, Florence poses a very serious threat to people who live far away from the coast,” said a National Weather Service tweet. “Heavy and long-lasting rainfall could lead to catastrophic flooding in inland parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.”
“This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast,” the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina said, according to The Raleigh News and Observer.
Florence is continuing to move west-northwest at 15 mph, with winds in the 130 mph range, but is giving hints of deviations, says the National Hurricane Center. The site of “probable” landfall continues to be somewhere along the coast of North or South Carolina Friday morning.
Early Wednesday morning, the storm’s path shifted south and west, encompassing more of South Carolina and western North Carolina.
Some models reported by The Weather Channel suggest the storm may actually skirt the coast on Friday, and divert south to the Charleston area of South Carolina. That could create multiple days of widespread storm surge, the Weather Channel says.
That lack of clarity has caused the so-called “cone of uncertainty” to expand. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Story Date: September 12, 2018