Hurricane Hunter aircraft finds a slightly weaker Florence this morning with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph. Additional strengthening is expected later today.
“Florence has gone through some structural changes overnight, which isn’t unusual for a powerful storm,” said Meteorologist Josh Marthers. “This is what we call an eyewall replacement cycle meaning as the old one fades a new one will form, which can lead to another round of intensification.”
The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center hasn’t changed from the last advisory. Everyone from the northern coast of South Carolina to much of North Carolina should be on alert for a direct impact and Hurricane Watches have been issued in advance of the storm from Edisto Beach north to the North Carolina/Virginia line. A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect.
The area near and north of where the eye crosses the coast can expect devastating wind and storm surge damage. Flooding rain, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes will occur hundred of miles away from the center and could last for days after landfall.