Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet

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It is moving to the west-northwest at 6 miles per hour.

The fact both Hugo and Florence have rapidly strengthened to Category 4 hurricanes along the eastern seaboard in quiet years has caught the attention of hurricane researcher Jim Kossin.

"It's not a zero event".

The briefing said Florence "is a large hurricane" with hurricane-force winds extending 80 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending 195 miles from the eye of the storm.

Having so many systems moving across the Atlantic at once also complicates forecasting because they influence one another, Blake said.

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Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall early Friday morning near Wilmington, NC before slowly riding the coastline southward towards Myrtle Beach, SC. Storm surge still a major concern especially on the northside of the storm with upwards of 7-11 feet of inundation possible from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC. But forecasters also said the opposite could happen when it brushed up against strong wind shear. "Things could change. This could be a very powerful storm".

Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.

We'll continue to monitor Florence, but as far as our weather is concerned, all of the storm is expected to stay south of our region through the weekend.

The Met Office said you may expect: "Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible".

"Keep in mind it is going to continue to ride along the Carolina coast for the next several hours, even into tomorrow, possibly dumping rain between 20 and 40 inches", Bridges said. Some flooding was forecast early in the day for parts of North Florida, but those forecasts were adjusted later to include high swells and minor coastal flooding at high tide.

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The National Hurricane Center states that these storm surges are highly likely along portions of the coastlines of North Carolina and SC.

It's a detail that almost got lost among all the wind, rain and storm surge data sent out by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday.

ESRI created a tracker to estimate just how many people would be affected by the storm's path given key demographic data from the area inside the error cone.

"We can not stress this enough, Florence poses a very serious threat to people who live far away from the coast", said a National Weather Service tweet late Tuesday.

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