Heavy rain, winds from Hurricane Florence hit Carolina coast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center has Hurricane Florence entering the outer banks and south eastern coast of North Carolina with tropical-force winds and heavy bands of rain. The advisory says “life-threatening storm surge and rain fall expected.”

Florence is still a Category 2 hurricane, but the downgrade in strength that came Wednesday doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said the life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall are still major factors, with flooding being the primary concern from the heavy rain in inland areas.

“The storm surge and the rain has not changed at all. Those intensities have not changed.”

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said.

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