Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds at 90 mph.
The National Hurricane Center says Florence is now hitting the coast of North Carolina with hurricane -force winds and a life-threatening storm surge. They say the threat of freshwater flooding will increase in coming hours and days from the storm's heavy rains.
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29"). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
Looking for a safe place to ride out #HurricaneFlorence? Shelter locations are being added across South Carolina. Please keep consulting with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website for updates. New locations will be added at: https://t.co/1Sg1YewcmZ #TeamSC— SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 14, 2018
We’re only #PalmettoStrong when everyone is safe. Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors. Don’t be fooled if there’s a lull; it could be the eye of the #Hurricane and winds WILL pick up again.— SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 14, 2018