Hurricane Florence still a Category 4, could cause major flooding in Lowcountry

Hurricane Florence Wednesday Satellite Loop (NOAA)

Florence remains a major hurricane a few hundred miles from the East Coast. Winds have weakened slightly overnight, but it remains a category 4 and some strengthening is expected again today.

The location of landfall and especially after landfall remains very uncertain. The latest run of some computer models suggest a landfall near the state line of North and South Carolina. Models then show a turn in towards South Carolina once it makes landfall. This could mean a great chance of a weekend flooding event in Charleston.

As of early Wednesday morning, tropical storm force winds remain a possibility, but If the storm shifts south, Lowcountry impacts would also include a risk of hurricane force winds and storm surge.

The hurricane will likely weaken once it interacts with land. A major landfall of Hurricane Florence for Charleston remains unlikely.

A hurricane watch remains for the Charleston area with hurricane warnings for the northern coastal portion of the state.

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