UPDATED | Florence approaches: What you need to know now in WNC

    The current predicted path of Florence as it approaches the U.S. (National Hurricane Center)

    Florence is now a major Category 4 hurricane that will likely cause a life-threatening storm surge along the NC/SC coast.

    Since we’re more than three days out, the only thing we can be certain about is that a hurricane will strike the southeastern U.S coast either Thursday or Friday. However--"the forecast places North Carolina in the bullseye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger," said Governor Roy Cooper in a press conference Monday morning.

    In WNC, rain and flooding impacts are possible in the mountains late in the week, but on Monday, our greatest concern from Florence is high winds.

    Predicted arrival time of tropical storm force winds. (National Hurricane Center)

    The latest National Hurricane Center graphics Monday afternoon show that tropical-storm-force winds could hit WNC as early as Thursday morning, though our weather team expects the worst winds could blow Friday afternoon and evening, with the possibility of lingering effects through Saturday.

    Predicted wind speeds. (National Hurricane Center)

    According to current National Hurricane Center graphics, winds of 30-40 MPH, strong enough to affect small unsecured objects and make it difficult to drive high-profile vehicles, are possible in WNC starting Thursday.

    If there are trees or limbs on your property that could be blown down in strong winds, now is the time to take action. Have generators and an emergency kit ready in the event of a power outage.

    If current trends continue, weather impacts will be most severe along the NC/SC coast. If you have friends and family in central or eastern NC, now is the time to make sure they are aware of the possibility of severe weather.

    Click here to visit the hurricane information page of ReadyNC, North Carolina Emergency Management's information website for natural disaster preparedness and recovery.

    View the 2018 SC Hurricane Guide here.


    • If there are trees or limbs on your property that could be blown down in strong winds, now is the time to take action.
    • Winds and power outages are the greatest current threat our weather team expects in WNC. Be ready in the event of a power outage due to downed lines.
    • Have an emergency kit with items for your household, including water, non-perishable food, a cellphone charger, flashlight, etc. Click here for emergency kit guidelines from NC Emergency management.

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