Hurricane Florence is slowly moving toward the southeast U.S. coast, and the National Hurricane Center is providing frequent updates about the storm’s movements. Here are details from the latest update from the NOAA as of 5 p.m. Eastern (4 p.m. Central.) The next update will be at 11 p.m. Eastern, with an intermediary update issued at 8 p.m. Eastern. You can read the full updates on the NOAA’s website here.
Hurricane Florence’s Location, Coordinates & Movement
As of 5 p.m., Florence was located at 27.5 N and 67.1 W, about 360 miles (580 km) SSW of Bermuda and 785 miles (1,260 km) ESE of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
The storm is moving WNW or 300 degrees at 17 mph.
The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 5 p.m.: “A motion toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected through early Thursday. Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.”
Hurricane Florence’s Wind Strength, Pressure, & Rainfall
The storm’s maximum sustained winds as of 5 p.m. are 140 mph, NOAA noted. (That’s 220 km/hour.) That’s a slight strengthening from when the storm appeared to have weakened just slightly earlier today.
The storm’s minimum central pressure is 945 mb or 27.91 inches. The estimated eye diameter is 25 nm, according to NHC.
Some weakening is expected on Thursday, but the storm is still predicted to be an extremely dangerous hurricane when it makes landfall.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center. Hurricane-force winds may reach the coast within the warning area on Friday. Tropical storm strength winds will be felt on Thursday.
Florence is expected to produce 15 to 25 inches of rain, with isolated maximums up to 35 inches near parts of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states late this week into early next week. This could create the risk of catastrophic flooding, NOAA noted.
Current Watches & Warnings
According to the National Hurricane Center, the following warnings and watches are in effect.
South Santee River, South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina
Albermarle and Pamlico Sounds
According to NHC: “A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.”
Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina
North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia Border
According to NHC: “A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.”
Tropical Storm Watch
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