Tropical Storm Florence 11am update

The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued south of South Santee River and north of Cape Lookout.


A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Myrtle Beach South Carolina to Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina

* Pamlico Sound, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* South Santee River South Carolina to Cape Lookout North Carolina

* Pamlico Sound

At 11:00 AM EDT the center of Tropical Storm Florence was located near latitude 33.6 North, longitude 79.6 West. Florence is moving slowly toward the west near 2 mph (4 km/h) and a slow westward motion is expected to continue through today. A turn toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected on Sunday. Florence is forecast to turn northward through the Ohio Valley by Monday.

Radar data and surface observations indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts, mainly to the east of the center in heavy rainbands over water. Gradual weakening is forecast while Florence moves farther inland during the next couple of days, and it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by tonight.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km) from the center.  A sustained wind of 38 mph (61 km/h) with a gust to 45 mph (72 km/h) was recently reported at the Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. A sustained wind of 38 mph (61 km/h) with a gust to 48 mph (78 km/h) was recently reported by a NOAA C-MAN station at Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

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