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 September 13 at 11 a.m. Eastern. 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 33.4 N, 75.5 W, about 145 miles (230 km) ESE of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 195 miles (315 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 11 a.m.: “Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today. A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday. A slow motion across portions of eastern South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.”
Hurricane Florence’s Wind Strength, Pressure, & Rainfall
The storm’s maximum sustained winds as of 11 a.m. are 105 mph (165 km/h), showing that the storm has decreased in strength quite a bit, but it is still a dangerous hurricane. NOAA notes: “Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland.”
The storm’s minimum central pressure is 955 MB or 28.20 inches.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center.
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 and other parts of North Carolina, rain could be 6 to 12 inches, isolated up to 24 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 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
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, …read more