Hurricane Florence to make landfall tonight, Lowcountry impacts expected tonight

Lowcountry still expected to be inundated with rain from Hurricane Florence (WCIV)

The outer rain bands of Hurricane Florence started to impact portions of the North Carolina coast early Thursday morning.

The storm will likely make landfall in North Carolina later tonight as a category 2 hurricane, according to First Warning Weather Meteorologist Emily Gracey.

The size of Hurricane Florence is quite large with tropical storm winds force extending 195 miles out from the center.

Hurricane force winds extend 80 miles out from the center.

The Lowcountry will likely start to experience windy conditions by later in the day on Thursday.

Tropical storm force winds are likely here in the Lowcountry, with the worst conditions in Georgetown and Horry counties.

Spots around the Charleston area may experience hurricane force wind gusts.

The forecast for rainfall remains uncertain, but a devastating flooding event is possible somewhere in the state.

"We are predicting 4-8" of rain with isolated areas north of town over 15," Gracey said. "The slowing forward motion of Florence and the weekend track will determine exactly how much rain falls.."

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