What’s the latest Hurricane Florence forecast for Charlotte?

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach N.C. Wednesday Sept. 12 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast

Hurricane Florence is continuing to push towards a landfall around the North Carolina/South Carolina border, and is beginning to lash the central Atlantic seaboard with damaging winds and storm surge.

Adding to concerns, forecasters warned the larger and slow-moving storm could linger for days around the coast, leaving many without power and supplies.

The storm surge - often the most perilous risk to life posed by any hurricane - is expected to inundate areas along the coast with saltwater that's 9-13 feet deep, from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

Florence dipped to Category 2 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour on Wednesday evening.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Businesses and homes in the storm's path were boarded up and thousands of people had moved to emergency shelters, officials said, urging anyone who remained near the coast to flee. He said on Thursday he was focused on Florence but that he had followed all statutes and laws would cooperate with any investigation.

"This Hurricane is bringing some rain and water that we have not seen before in Hurricane", McMaster said, "Winds may match that of Hugo, but Florence may bring more rain".

The bigger airports could see flights resume by Saturday afternoon or Sunday if they are not damaged by the storm, but it may take longer for the smaller airports to come back online.

Five states and Washington, DC, have declared states of emergency: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland.

With Florence, the surge threats and rain estimates have not changed, Tillis said, and everyone needs to listen to local law enforcement and first responders.

As many as three million people are expected to lose power.

"I was down at the Outer Banks over the weekend with my family", he said. Forecasters say 40 inches (one meter) of rain are possible along the coast of North Carolina.

Whether you're hunkered down in the Carolinas or following the storm's movements from afar, there are many ways to watch Florence live as it creeps over the ocean and begins to hit land. It's moving north, and is expected to turn away from the U.S.

On Wednesday, McMaster, along with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural resources and others stressed the potential dangers that Hurricane Florence could bring as it makes its way to the Carolinas, drawing similarities to Hurricane Hugo. The storm's 12-mph speed Thursday morning was a marked drop from Wednesday's 17-mph speeds.

Rain: Based on the 11 a.m. forecast by the National Hurricane Center, Charlotte is now expected to receive between 6 and 12 inches. The power company has warned that up to 3 million people could be left without power for an extended period of time following Hurricane Florence.

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