Latest Update on Hurricane Florence
National Hurricane Center (NHC) Information updated 13 September 2018 5:00AM
- The center of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 32.8° North, longitude 74.7° West; about 205 MI (325 km) ESE of Wilmington, NC.
- Florence is moving toward the west northwest at 15 mph (24 km/h).
- A motion toward the northwest is forecast to continue this evening and through Thursday. Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday, and move slowly through early Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas today, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.
- Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts.
- Florence is a Category 2 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Florence is expected to be a dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.
- Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).
NHC Key Messages
- Life threatening storm surge is likely along SC and NC coastlines. A storm surge warning is in effect for portions of Virginia.
- Forecasts indicate Florence will slow considerably. The highest estimated rainfall for the Commonwealth of Virginia is 6” to 10” in the Rockbridge County area with rainfall estimates of 2” to 6” for the remainder of the State.
- The rainfall could produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding.
- Impacts from tropical storm force winds could start as early as Thursday 8am.
State Actions and Local Actions
- The Commonwealth of Virginia has received an Emergency Federal Declaration to provide emergency protective measures (Category B) under Public Assistance Program.
- Governor Northam declared State of Emergency on September 8 ahead of Florence.
- VEST remains at condition Orange – Partial Activation at 7:00am on September 10.
- Representatives from various Federal agencies are in the Virginia EOC.
- Local EOCs Open – 24
- Local Declarations – 67
- The Governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Coastal Zone A in Hampton Roads effective 8:00 AM, Tuesday, September 11.