TIMELINE SLOWS ARRIVAL TO FRIDAY ALONG COAST....SATURDAY FOR POINTS INLAND
Florence has become a hurricane once again as of 11 am.
LOCATION...24.4N 56.3W ABOUT 750 MI...1210 KM SE OF BERMUDA ABOUT 610 MI...985 KM NE OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...984 MB...29.06 INCHES
I cannot stress to you how important it is to prepare for a major hurricane making landfall late this week along and East of I-95. Please note that even inland to the mountains and foothills you must keep abreast of the changing forecast. This will be a life threatening situation if you choose to ride this storm out on the coastline. Do not compare it to other previous storms. This storm is much different. This storm is not only likely going to make landfall as a major hurricane but it has a very good chance of stalling out and raining for days creating a life threatening flood event inland. The states of SC, NC, and VA all could have major impacts.
Today a cold front is moving through and will stall. Right now we think that this front will keep Florence pushed off to the East of us in the foothills and mountains. Some of the model guidance though is trending toward this front breaking down allowing Florence to move further West before it stalls. The heaviest rainfall and winds will be to the East and Northeast of Florence’s Center.
Coastline: Prepare for major hurricane direct impacts
Sandhills: Prepare for major flooding
Piedmont, Foothills, Mountains: Make a plan for prolonged heavy rain and flooding along with gusty winds should Florence’s track shift South and West. More updates coming through the day.