The Weather Channel reports:
Hurricane Florence is forecast to move slowly through the Carolinas and Southeast through this weekend and will cause catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds. As of Wednesday morning, Florence was centered more than 500 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwestward.
Florence is being steered toward the coast of the Carolinas by a strong dome of high pressure aloft over the western Atlantic Ocean. However, the track forecast has now become less certain. That high-pressure dome aloft over the western Atlantic is now expected to weaken Thursday into Friday.
This will mean winds steering Florence will collapse for a time, slowing Florence’s forward speed to a crawl as its center near the coast from Thursday night into Friday. With low wind shear and warm ocean water, Florence could gain a little more strength through early Thursday.
Given the westward/southward shift in the latest track, here are the latest graphics showing the total accumulated rainfall expected from Hurricane #Florence and the probabilities of Tropical Storm force winds (39mph +) reaching southeast SC and southeast GA. #scwx #gawx pic.twitter.com/Sazun29mio
— NWS Charleston, SC (@NWSCharlestonSC) September 12, 2018
Mayor John Tecklenburg and city public safety, emergency management officials will hold a press conference regarding Hurricane Florence at 10 a.m. this morning, September 12. It will be streamed live here: https://t.co/X28JUWHGpR. #chsnews #chswx
— City of Charleston (@CityCharleston) September 12, 2018
Flights to and from Charleston Wednesday continue to be canceled ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Charleston Int’l Airport officials confirm they will shut down runways at midnight.
— ABC News 4 (@ABCNews4) September 12, 2018
Details here: https://t.co/tz6aLTzViI
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) September 11, 2018
As Hurricane Florence’s models shift south toward South Carolina, biggest impact may come from sustained rain and flooding, even inland areas need to be prepared. Latest from @greenvillenews team https://t.co/5ducEPTm7a
— Nathaniel Cary (@nathanielcary) September 12, 2018
— WIS News 10 (@wis10) September 12, 2018