Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach overnight and
began a slow move west and away from Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, however, storm
surge threat will remain high as winds stay elevated and the next high tide
approaches at approximately 11:30 a.m.
N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to
ocean overwash and will remain closed until both the road and its bridges can
be cleared of debris, inspected for structural damage, and repaired as
necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reports that 97 customers
on Hatteras Island are without power as of Friday morning.
Maximum sustained winds of 54-67 mph will linger on Hatteras
and Ocracoke islands through Saturday night, with maximum wind gusts of 67-85
An additional 3.5 inches of rain is also possible for
Hatteras Island, and an additional 4.5 inches of rain is possible for Ocracoke
Island through Sunday night, although intensities will diminish by Saturday
The Pamlico Sound was pushed out starting on Thursday
afternoon, and was reportedly making a slow and gradual return as of Friday
As of 8 a.m., Florence remained stationed near Wrightsville
Beach as a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph.
Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight. Significant weakening is
expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther
For more information on Florence’s local impacts, visit www.weather.gov/mhx
for weather forecast info, or the National Weather Service office in Newport /
Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.