DMV should expect flooding, downed trees and power outages when Florence hits

(Photo, ABC7)

Hurricane Florence weakened slightly Tuesday morning, but the storm remains an Atlantic powerhouse with sustained winds at 130 miles per hour and gust up to 165.

Forward movement has increased slightly. As the storm tracks over warmer water, it will strengthen and the eye will become more defined. By Thursday, many forecast models have the storms weakening slightly, especially late in the day. Latest guidance has the storm making landfall late Thursday or early Friday along the North Carolina coastline.

Once the storm comes ashore, winds will decrease, but heavy rain will continue. Parts of North Carolina and southwestern Virginia may see rainfall totals exceeding 10 inches. A State of Emergency has been declared for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Plan for localized flooding, downed trees and power outages.

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