Monday, September 10, 2018
As of 11 a.m., Monday, Florence was tracking west at 13 mph. Its peak winds were 135 mph, making it a Category 3 hurricane. The Hurricane Center predicts it will reach Category 4 intensity by Tuesday and maintain that intensity through landfall.
It is not out of the question that Florence could become a Category 5 hurricane at some point. The official Hurricane Center forecast suggests its peak winds will reach 150 mph winds between Tuesday and Wednesday, just 7 mph below Category 5.
If Florence makes landfall as a Category 4 in North Carolina, it will be the strongest storm to come ashore that far north on record....
Like Hurricane Harvey stalled over Texas in 2017, Florence could linger over the Southeast for several days after landfall. Forecast models suggest more than two feet of rain could fall over the higher elevations of the Carolinas and Virginia, which would generate dangerous flooding downstream.
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