Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

Coweta County residents can breathe a brief a small sigh of relief, at least on Thursday morning.

Large and risky, Hurricane Florence is drawing closer to the coast of the Carolinas, where it threatens to become the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

After Florence makes landfall, the high-pressure ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east, but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, according to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

The Category 4 storm will likely be the most intense hurricane to hit the Carolina coast since Category 3 Hurricane Hugo struck the region over 25 years ago.

The NHC is warning it will bring the risk of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" and "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding" to parts of the mid-Atlantic states.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

"I notified every public agency in Coweta County, mainly putting people on alert and telling them to gear up, get what they need, check staff levels and bolster them, if need be", he said.


In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph.

By Sunday, clouds from Florence will increase around here, with rain arriving by Sunday night into Monday.

"Once the storm starts to move inland it will break apart", Jones explained. It will be more tropical depression at that point. "It's too early to tell", he added.

One simply added: 'Your Florence hurricane forecast looks like a giant penis and testicles. At this time, the outer eyewall of Florence was making landfall in the the area of Wilmington, N.C.as a Category 1 hurricane.

The declaration covers nearly the entire state and includes Coweta County and the surrounding area.

Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

'I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm'.

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