Hurricane-force winds have moved onto the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Florence made landfall around 7:15 a.m. near Wrightsville Beach.
Winds in Florence are currently at 90 mph, a Category 1 hurricane, and is moving northwest at only around 5 mph.
Storm surge and hurricane warnings extend from the South Carolina coast all the way up to Virginia.
Metro Atlanta & North Georgia impacts
No major impacts are currently expected for North Georgia from Florence, however, the potential for rain from Florence is increasing in Georgia and metro Atlanta.
Metro Atlanta Timeline
- Saturday – Dry
- Sunday – More Clouds
- Monday – Scattered rain
- Tuesday – Scattered rain
Any rain from Florence in metro Atlanta won’t be significant, and not nearly as much as what’s expected along the Carolina coast.
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If you want to help the Red Cross restock their shelves, the best thing you can do is send a financial donation to them by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting redcross.org or texting Florence to 90999
The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites are also offering refuge for those evacuating because of Florence. Campsites and cottages are still available and “Dry camping” outside of normal camping areas is available for no charge. Our Group Shelters are also open to those fleeing the storm. Contact park offices directly for assistance. To view park locations, visit HERE.
Florence is already approaching the Carolina coast and will make landfall, or be near the coast tonight or early Friday. Life-threatening storm surge is expected along the coasts, along with life-threatening flooding well inland. Some locations can see up to 40 inches of rain along the Carolina coasts.
Why is Florence moving toward the US?
Florence is currently moving around an area of high pressure that has developed in the western Atlantic ocean. Since the wind flows clockwise around areas of high pressure, Florence is being steered clockwise around the high and toward the U.S.
Strongest hurricane of season
A total of 10 storms have developed so far this season, with five hurricanes and one major hurricane. A hurricane becomes a major (category 3) hurricane once winds reach 111 mph.
Florence is actually the lone major hurricane of the season so far as it was initially a category 4 hurricane in the open Atlantic before weakening and now restrengthening again.
The peak of hurricane season was Sept. 10, although hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30.
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