Hurricane Florence is barrelling through the US East Coast with life-threatening storm surges pushing winds set to cause severe damage.
NOAA’s latest report on Hurricane Florence places the centre of the weather system about 20 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina and 55 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Five to 10 inches of rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina, and southwest Virginia. While a few tornadoes will also be a possibility in eastern North Carolina today.
Officials in the city of Greenville, North Carolina say that flash flooding has begun around their region.
The extremely dangerous hurricane has already caused more than 500,000 power outages and more is expected in the coming days.
There is also the possibility that the weather will take a turn from bad to worse, with a tornado warning thrown into the mix.
The NOAA’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has warned multiple tornadoes could form within the area of North Carolina.
An official warning from the centre reads: “A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina today.”
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A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina today
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said: “Significant wind damage will lead to utility outages that may last several weeks, especially along the immediate coastline.
”Florence has slowed to a crawl as expected, and this will only exacerbate the flooding situation for the Carolinas from now through Sunday.
“Early next week Florence will bring a threat of heavy rainfall and flooding farther north up the spine of the Appalachians and perhaps into the eastern Ohio Valley.»
So far, the life-threatening storm has forced more than 26,000 people into emergency shelters and more than 1,100 flights along the US East Coast have been cancelled this weekend.
Wilmington’s airport recorded a 92mph wind gust on Friday morning, the fastest measured since Hurricane Donna hit the city in 1960.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.
Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic at the moment.