Strong damaging winds and heavy rain are still crippling the Carolinas – however Florence was just downgraded to a Tropical Storm with sustained winds of 70 MPH (as of 9/14/2018 at 5:00pm).
Over half a million North Carolina residents are currently without power. The slow moving nature of this storm will lead to heavy rainfall throughout the area into the coming days as it continues to weaken. Some areas are expected to get 8 months worth of rain in just three days!
As local resident Alexa Walsh stated “…we prepared for the worse, so it was scary to see the days before the storm. The stores were running out of water and bread. All the essentials for storm prep. We do have power but I know a bunch of people have lost power as well.”
Florence will begin to pivot northward and take a turn towards the Twin Tiers. Expected to weaken significantly and not hold hurricane status anymore – it will still bring the chance for rain in our area. The National Hurricane Center shows the moisture still related to Florence arriving in our area between Monday evening and Tuesday.
For the latest on Tropical Storm Florence – head to the top of our homepage and click on the orange banner. There you will get the most updated information on the storm as it is happening in real time!
Updates on expected rainfall for Monday into Tuesday will be on 18 News this weekend at 6pm and 11pm!