Florence Latest: Hurricane Watch Issued Along the Carolina Coast

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Hurricane Florence remains a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140mph.  New This morning, in anticipation of the storm approaching the southeastern US, the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch and a Storm Surge Watch.  These watches are in effect from Charleston, SC to the NC/VA border. 

It’s a large storm, with hurricane force winds extending 40 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds out 150 miles from the center.

The forecast track has changed very little over the last few days, with the storm center expected to approach the North Carolina coast on Thursday, and it could make landfall Thursday night.

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Because of the size of the storm, tropical storm conditions are expected well ahead of the center of the storm, with weather conditions deteriorating starting Wednesday night.

As the storm slows near the coast, significant storm surge flooding and rainfall flooding is anticipated.  Check out some of the projected rainfall amounts with Florence. 

We’re still expecting that southern New England will be spared most of the impacts from this storm.  In fact, the only impacts we’ll see in the coming days are in our ocean waters.  Swells from Florence will likely reach the shore by Thursday, bringing the risk of rip currents and rough surf. 

We have a high surf advisory today, though this is NOT ASSOCIATED WITH FLORENCE.  Seas have been building as a frontal system lifts a warm front through southern New England this morning.  The result will be 4-6ft surf and the potential for dangerous rip currents. 

Anyone heading the beach should use extreme caution in the water. 

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