Hurricane Florence approaching Carolina coast, will move west this weekend

Hurricane Florence weakened slightly Wednesday afternoon: As of 4pm CDT Wednesday, it is a major Category 3 Hurricane with sustained winds of 120 mph.

Some fluctuation in strength is possible as it moves toward land in the next 24 hours.

Keep track of Florence, get the latest advisories, and see the other storms in the Atlantic with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

Florence’s impacts: The National Hurricane Center projects Florence’s landfall near the North Carolina-South Carolina border on Saturday morning; however, the storm will be spinning just offshore – stalled out – east of Wilmington, NC for about 36-48 hours before that. That means the potential for days of hurricane force wind gusts, high waves, and storm surge that could be as high as 15 feet.

Florence weakens to a tropical storm by Sunday and a depression as it slowly drifts northwest into the Appalachians on Monday.

North Alabama stays on the ‘dry’ side of the storm for the duration; however, the wind will pick up from Friday through the weekend (north at 10-20 mph on average), and some showers are possible by Sunday and Monday as the western edge of Florence’s ‘influence’ spreads clouds and some rain this direction.