Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet

Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet

In Charleston, South Carolina, some residents were making preparations to leave Tuesday while others planned to ride out the storm.

Map shows probable path of Hurricane Florence. Florence is still a very powerful Category 4 hurricane.

As the NWS emphasizes, most hurricane deaths aren't from extreme winds, but moving water.

Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

As the day progresses we'll see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance for a shower or storm.

In Alamance County, we will likely begin seeing winds pick up around noon Friday with stronger gusts following overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

To ease the heavy traffic leaving the coast, SC reversed freeways lanes to allow traffic to flow away from the coming storm.

Even with a slightly revised southward track, Hurricane Florence still poses a significant threat to central North Carolina and Alamance County.

Historic and potentially catastrophic flooding is possible along with life-threating storm surges of up to 12 feet are possible along the coasts. "It also has the highest potential to cause the most destruction". We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly.

Mack said U-Haul has been inspecting its facilities over the last week to make sure they are "clean, dry and secure".

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There is also particular concern about the storm lingering once it nears the coast and moves onshore, allowing it to drop torrential amounts of rain in certain parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...

Elizabeth City: 30-40 G50+.

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Ocracoke Inlet NC to Salvo NC: 4-6′.

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned. Before it pummels the USA coastline, Florence could become close to a Category 5 storm - meaning winds could approach 157 miles per hour. Some fluctuations in strength will be possible through Thursday morning.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Hurricane Florence will slow to a crawl just off the coast of the Carolinas.

"The atmosphere overall, before the potential landfall, certainly looks like we are going to have a very unsafe hurricane on our hands", Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore told the Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews.

Florence was expected to come ashore as a Category 4 hurricane around 8 a.m. Friday with 140 miles per hour winds.