Hurricane Florence is nearing 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 Wednesday, September 12, at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central.) The next update will be at 5 p.m. Eastern, and an intermediate update will be at 2 p.m. Eastern. You can read the full updates on the NOAA’s website here.
Hurricane Florence’s Location, Coordinates & Movement
As of 11 a.m., Florence was located at 29.8 N and 71.3 W, about 485 miles (785 km) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 520 miles (840 km) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The storm is moving northwest or 305 degrees at 15 mph.
The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 11 a.m.: “Florence is now moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h) and this general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected to through Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas today, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday and move slowly near the coastline through Saturday.”
Hurricane Florence’s Wind Strength, Pressure, & Rainfall
The storm’s maximum sustained winds as of 11 a.m. are 130 mph, NOAA noted. (That’s 215 km/hour.) NOAA notes: “Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is forecast through tonight. While some
weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast on Friday.”
The storm’s minimum central pressure is 943 MB or 27.85 inches. The estimated eye diameter is 25 nm as of 5 p.m. Tuesday (the diameter of the eye was not updated at 11 a.m.)
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 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 by late Thursday or Friday (slightly earlier than previously predicted.) Tropical storm strength winds will be felt on Thursday.
Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall, NOAA noted. In coastal North Carolina, this could be 20 to 30 inches, isolated up to 40 inches in some areas, which could lead to catastrophic flooding.
In South Carolina, western, and northern Carolina, rain could be 5 to 10 inches, isolated up to 20 inches. In the Appalachians and mid-Atlantic states, this could be 3 to 6 inches, isolated up to 12 inches.
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 …read more