13 September 2018
Hurricane Florence threatened to unleash pounding surf and potentially deadly flooding as the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on the southeastern states in decades. Beach communities in North and South Carolina emptied out on Wednesday.
Florence had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and was on a trajectory that showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from South Carolina. Florence is rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.