RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hurricane Florence has made landfall. The center of the eye of the storm came on shore at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 a.m. Friday.
Hurricane Florence remains a Category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph and it’s moving to the West Northwest at 6 mph. Waves between 15 to 30 feet have been seen this morning, and there are also reports of winds from tropical storm force to gusts above 90 mph.
As Florence turns toward the coast, the main impact will be three-fold for North Carolina. One, of course, will be the persistent winds near hurricane force and higher gusts as Florence makes landfall. The second will be the intense rainfall, where portions of North Carolina could see upwards of 20 to 30 inches of rain. The third is the storm surge, which is affecting all coastal areas and the major rivers in Eastern North Carolina, and evacuations continue at this hour because of some of that storm surge.
After Florence makes landfall, it will be diving down to the southwest into South Carolina from Friday into Saturday, bringing the steady rain into South Carolina and alleviating some of the conditions across North Carolina. As it does that, it will transition from a hurricane to a tropical storm.
Later Saturday into Sunday, Florence will continue to weaken further into a tropical depression as it moves into the western part of the state of South Carolina.
Finally, toward the beginning of next week, the remnants of Florence will pass to the west into Kentucky and West Virginia.