Hurricane Florence will make landfall between 5 AM this morning and 2 PM this afternoon between Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, drift west, southwest and slide into South Carolina and be at its southernmost point around 2 PM Saturday afternoon. From there it’s expected to travel west and slightly northwest arriving in Columbia, South Carolina Sunday morning by 2 AM. From there it goes northwest through Spartanburg, then back into North Carolina through Asheville, and passing through the extreme western tip of Virginia Monday morning, through Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire by Wednesday next week, still pushing out 30 mph winds and 40 mph wind gusts.
The closest the outer cone will reach us will be to the west from Galax to Blacksburg. The Blue Ridge Mountains buffeting the winds before they reach the foothills. If the storms keeps its distance, we’ll get 4 inches of rain. If it pushes on the closer end of its projected path we could get 10 inches of rain. Winds will blow between 20 and 40 mph over the next 5 days.
The National Weather Service tells us excessive rainfall from the remnants of Florence will impact the area this weekend into Monday. Some areas could see flash flooding, as well as river flooding. Although winds are not expected to be that strong, a few gusts over 40 mph and saturated soils could lead to downed trees, with isolated power outages. There could also be some isolated weak tornadoes Sunday.