The storm is expected to make landfall early Friday morning near Wilmington, North Carolina.
The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.
North Carolina resident David Hoffman has heard all the mandatory evacuation warnings as Hurricane Florence gets closer. Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday.
The storms path is promising to bring even more devastation than first predicted to the Carolinas and parts of Georgia. Trump also approved a federal emergency declaration for Virginia.
Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC. "I can at least do my little bit of part and that is keep an eye out for this little island that we have", Hoffman said.
SATURDAY: The southward motion of the storm after it makes landfall will likely leave the D.C. region with mostly clear skies on Saturday. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.
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As of 5 a.m. EDT it was about 205 miles (325 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 250 miles (450 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).
"An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft that was in the hurricane until just after midnight" recorded a peak wind gust of around 150 miles per hour, according to the hurricane center.
"We could maybe get some outer bands or very, very outer bands of the hurricane", said Jeremy Geiger, a weather service meteorologist. Its wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land. So as you can see, they're forecasting a major landfalling storm - Category 3 or 4 storm at landfall.
The storm will essentially park itself over the area and then slowly move inland.
NASA NASA / Reuters A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, September 12, 2018.
Maryland, though, could be spared the catastrophic flooding thought possible in recent days.