Chances are growing that
Other parts of the
The storm's projected track remained mostly unchanged Wednesday evening, with forecasters predicting it will lumber across
The rain expected in
The hurricane center projects that wind speeds in
There's a 59 percent chance that sustained winds will reach 39 mph sometime over the next five days, the center says. The chance of stronger winds is much lower: a 16 percent chance that winds will reach 58 mph and a 3 percent chance they will hit hurricane strength, 74 mph.
The widely used
Duke Energy said Wednesday it expects 1 million to 3 million of its Carolinas customers to lose power during and after the storm. In
The "probable" forecast path for
Once it makes landfall, the current forecast path shows the storm making a turn even farther south toward southern
"Impacts from heavy rainfall due to Tropical Cyclone Florence are becoming increasingly likely late this week into early next week," the
Saltwater fishing boats were being towed to safety inland from the coast early Wednesday on
The inland forecasts are still uncertain. But the shift in the storm's expected track would put
"If it does take the more southerly track, of course, it will have an effect on the wind field," said weather service meteorologist
Sunday into Monday presents the greatest risk of tornadoes spawned by
Because the storm is more than 400 miles wide, its effects will be felt well outside the track forecast, the
"I think this storm right here is very similar to Hurricane Hugo. It's almost a combination of Hurricane Hugo in '89 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999,"
Across the Carolinas, businesses and residents are busily trying to prepare for a looming storm without knowing what the worst impacts will be.
Milk, bread and bottled water disappeared from grocery stores across
Lines for gas have already formed at some gas stations, mostly in coastal communities, ahead of the storm. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina cut supply lines from the
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