COLUMBUS (WCMH) - Hurricane Florence has been downgraded again to a minimal category 1 storm, but is still very dangerous.
Maximum sustained winds have dropped to 80 mph since the storm made landfall this morning. What is more concerning is the fact that this storm is moving much slower.
As of the 11 am update, the current forward speed has dropped from 6 miles per hour to just 3 miles per hour.
Over the next 24 hours very impressive rainfall totals of including an additional 20 to 25 inches along with dangerous storm surge up to 11 feet are possible. Plus the rain will continue to fall over the same areas as the storm creeps along. That could mean catastrophic flash flooding as well as river flooding. Many areas from Greenville to Wilmington are already dealing with flooding as well as power outages.
The current projected path for Florence downgrades it to a tropical storm tomorrow morning. Moisture from the remnants of Florence are projected to reach our area Monday night and Tuesday.
The slow movement will continue to bring large storm surge, and dangerous waves into the coast for a long period of time.
Also, this slow movement means that coastal areas, and inland into North Carolina will continue to see heavy rainfall for hours and on/off rain for days. This could potentially amount to multiple feet of rain.
It does appear we will be on the drier side of Florence. Also, this low will be racing off to the northeast, which means we should not have the same kind of wet impact as we saw last weekend from Gordon's remnants.
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