ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- 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.
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.
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.
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