Hurricane Florence, a Category 2 storm, has started lashing North Carolina, with tropical storm-force winds carrying drenching bands of rainfall onto some beach communities
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from Florence’s center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles, National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.
The storm is centered about 100 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 155 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, says the NHC’s 5 p.m. ET advisory
Forecasters don’t expect the storm to strengthen before it moves ashore, but they say the real problem will be water as it lingers along the coast through Saturday