Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the East Coast as it moves on a probable path toward the Carolinas. Here’s the latest of what we know.
Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph and higher gusts. Abnormally warm ocean waters — a feature that has become more common with climate change — have helped energize the storm.
The current track puts it on a course that will make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas Friday morning. By then, the storm is projected to be a Category 3 hurricane with winds about 120 mph. Forecasters say the storm could stall after landfall — much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas last year — and cause disastrous flooding in parts of the Carolinas and possibly Virginia.
For southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey — where the ground is already saturated from recent storms — the heaviest precipitation from Florence may stay south, largely sparing the area. We may even see sunshine. But the forecast could change, depending on where Florence goes after making landfall.
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