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Hurricane Florence makes landfall this morning in N.C. with 90 mph winds

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

Hurricane Florence is slowly on the move with sustained winds at 80 miles per hour and gusts up to 100. As forecasted, forward movement had slowed dramatically since landfall Friday morning. Movement is at 3 miles per hour.

Storm surge along with high tide and nonstop rain will complicate rescue missions Friday and overnight. Flooding has already occurred and areas around Wilmington, North Carolina have already picked up nearly a foot of rain.

The storm is a Category 1 Hurricane and earlier Monday a wind gust of 91 mph was reported in the eyewall in Wilmington, NC.

The storm will meander over the Carolina’s Saturday bringing addition rainfall. By Sunday, the storm will become more disorganized, but will remain a prolific rain maker.

Additional wind gusts have ranged from the 90s and 80s, with 105 mph as the maximum preliminary gust from Fort Macon, NC. In addition, water levels have risen along the coast with water levels 7 feet above normal in the Pamlico Sound and around Emerald Isle. The storm surge threat will continue through the afternoon and elevated water levels will continue into the weekend.

The storm will drift westward into southern NC and northern SC over the next 24 hours. Flooding rains will become the highest threat tonight into the weekend with feet of rain possible over southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

This threat will continue into the western part of NC and SC with localized totals over 10 inches. Widespread flooding will be likely not only this weekend but also next week. Moderate to major and even record river flooding will be possible through the middle of next week.


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