The projected path for Hurricane Florence shifted south toward SC, according to a Wednesday morning updated from the National Weather Service, means the Triangle could avoid a direct hit as the Category 4 storm moves inland.
Florence's winds in the afternoon were down slightly to 125 miles per hour (205 kph), from a high of 140 miles per hour, and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3.
The National Hurricane Center says it's now expected to hit Wilmington and then veer west, taking it south of Charlotte.
Wrap up your preparations today and make plans to get to your safe place by Wednesday night or first thing Thursday morning in advance of Hurricane Florence. "This is going to be catastrophic in parts of eastern North Carolina".
"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damaged, there will be homes damaged, and there will be debris on the roads", said Jeff Byard, an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Unsure of what they would find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.
Dozens of residents have vowed to ride out Hurricane Florence when it smashes into the Carolinas on Friday despite authorities warning that people will die. The National Hurricane Center is predicting central OH could eventually see between 1 and 2 inches of rain from the massive system.
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The center of the storm is expected to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and will approach the Carolinas by Thursday. Florence's deluge will extend inland for hundreds of miles, which would flood virtually every river and stream in the Carolinas.
These alerts are usually issued about 48 hours before storms are set to touch down, when the arrival of tropical force winds would make any last-minute preparation hard. He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents. Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement.
Michelle Stober loaded up valuables on Tuesday at her home on Wrightsville Beach to take back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina. Winds from the east have been causing coastal flooding this week along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, with high tides as much as 2 feet above normal in Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary's counties. As it turns into southern SC.
The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.