Carolinas bracing for Hurricane Florence; residents urged to evacuate

Hurricane Florence is expected to slow down while re-adjusting it’s crawl through the Carolinas and Southeast early next week and is expected to produce catastrophic rainfall, destructive winds and a life-threatening storm surge.

According to the National Hurricane Center, wave heights as high as 83′ were measured on Wednesday morning to the Northeast of the hurricane eye. Winds are sustained at 130 mph. Landfall is expected by Saturday morning to the mid-Atlantic states.

Breaking: Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to strengthen through Wednesday night and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday or Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.

At a Glance:
Florence remains a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
Florence is expected to crawl near or along the coast of the Carolinas at least through Saturday.
This will produce catastrophic flash flooding and major river flooding.
Life-threatening storm surge will occur near landfall and for some time after.
Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been issued.
Tropical-storm-force winds may arrive as soon as Thursday.
Florence’s remnant may linger in parts of the East into early next week.

Advisories from hurricane officials, The Weather Channel, and government officials in the affected areas remain constant with their warnings as the threat of this destructive hurricane bears down on the East coast.