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Hurricane Florence weakens to category 1, eye makes landfall near Wilmington, NC

Hurricane Florence, Friday, 5 a.m. (WCIV)

At one time forecast to make landfall late Thursday, Hurricane Florence finally made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina at Wrightsville Beach on Friday morning.

The storm had slowed to a snail's pace in its approach of the Carolinas, all while its damaging winds, flooding rains and a life-threatening storm surge have continued to batter the North Carolina coast for hours.

Just after 6:30 a.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of Hurricane Florence — reduced to a Category 1 overnight — had reached land. The center of the storm made official landfall at Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m.

Florence was moving west-northwest at 6 mph when it made landfall, according to the NHC. Its sustained winds were near 90 mph,

The storm is expected to take a southwesterly turn across South Carolina through Friday and Saturday, continuing to drop torrential rain while it weakens, loses structure and continues to move inland.

(MORE HURRICANE COVERAGE | CLICK HERE)

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