Here’s the latest from the Weather Chanel:
· Timing: The peak impacts from Florence are expected to arrive on Thursday, but this could trend earlier or later. According to the National Hurricane Center, Thursday is the most likely timing for tropical-storm-force winds to arrive on the southeastern U.S. coast. Impacts from Florence, particularly heavy rain, may continue into next weekend if it stalls out for a time, as suggested by some forecast guidance.
· Locations Potentially Affected: Areas from southeastern Virginia to the Carolinas are most likely to see the first impacts from Florence. As mentioned earlier, it's too early to nail down specific impacts for this stretch of coastline. Also, this could change depending on future forecast trends for Florence's track. For this reason, locations farther south, such as Georgia and northern Florida, and farther north into the mid-Atlantic should also monitor Florence for any forecast changes.
· Coastal Impact: Large, battering waves in combination with rising water from storm surge could cause destructive impacts along a part of the coastline near where Florence strikes. Significant beach erosion is also likely on the southeastern U.S. coast.
· Wind Impact: Numerous downed trees and long-lasting power outages could occur near and inland from where the center of Florence strikes. This threat of tree damage and power outages may also extend across Florence's larger swath of tropical-storm-force winds. Structural damage to homes and buildings is possible, particularly where the core of any hurricane-force winds moves through.
· Rainfall Impact: Florence could not only produce heavy rain along the coast, but also farther inland across the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic. That heavy rain threat may last for days if Florence stalls out into next weekend, as suggested by some forecast guidance. If that stall occurs, disastrous flooding could occur in some areas. See the link below for more information.