The track of Florence has shifted to the
southwest, however forecasters warn that impacts will be felt far from
the center, per the Wednesday morning update from the National Weather
Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office.
Maximum winds remain at 130 mph, and Florence is
now forecast to make landfall sometime on late Friday, possibly as a
major hurricane. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as
Thursday morning for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
6-9 feet of storm surge is currently forecast
from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet, and 4-6 feet of storm surge is
forecast from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina / Virginia border.
Maximum rainfall amounts of 15” of rainfall is possible, especially for
Ocracoke Island and southern Hatteras Island. The storm total rainfall
forecast for Hurricane Florence is now approaching or exceeding the
rainfall in September 1999 from Dennis/Floyd, primarily near the
southern N.C. coast.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx
for weather forecast information, or the National Weather Service
office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.