With maximum sustained winds near 130 mph, category four Hurricane Florence is headed west-northwest toward the Carolina coast this morning.
“The eye of Florence will be very near the North Carolina coast late Thursday night or early Friday and sit there for about twenty four hours,” said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Marthers. “It’s movement after that is uncertain, but it appears the storm will linger there, or drift west or southwest, through the weekend, setting the stage for a major rainfall event across the Carolinas.”
A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the coast of South Carolina from north of Edisto Beach to the mouth of the Santee River, including the Charleston metro area. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Georgetown county.
“Continue to prepare for the possibility of hurricane conditions along the South Carolina coast through the weekend,” added Marthers. “Our main concerns right now are flooding rain and hurricane strength wind gusts.”