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