CBS News reports Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday just south of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves inland.
Here are their “Florence fast facts.”
- Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning.
- The tropical storm was located about 15 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell onto their home in Wilmington. Police said the father was taken to a nearby hospital.
- More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said.
- Over 700,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina on Friday night, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
- Nearly 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
- 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.
North Carolinians are just recovering from Hurricane Matthew from two years ago that dumped up to 20 inches of rain. As Florence moves inland, and with lessons learned from Matthew, residents are bracing for a repeat of heavy rainfall predictions.
The Weather Channel is forecasting some areas may see more than two feet of rain and possibly up to 40 inches in some areas.
Along the coast lines residents brace for more storm surge and flash flooding as the dirty side of the slow-moving storm continues to move inland and converges with rising rivers and swelling creeks.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the cone of probability as Florence continues to move inland over the next three days.
For a look at NOAA’s current Tropical Weather Outlook, see here, and for an up-close look at TS Isaac, which passed south of the Dominican Republic Friday night, here. Isaac’s cone of uncertainty is projected to pass south of Jamaica Sunday evening, with a course of possibly swinging into the Gulf of Mexico sometime next week.