Here is the very latest info on Cat. 4 Hurricane Florence as it heads toward the Carolinas.

Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft finds Florence changed little while moving toward the U.S. coast. Life threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected across the Carolinas. Florence is now 485 miles SE of Wilmington, NC. Max sustained winds are 130 MPH. Category 4 Florence is moving NW at 15 mph. On the current path and speed, Florence will approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina Thursday into Friday and move slowly near the coastline through Saturday. Some strengthening is forecast through tonight and some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday. Still, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the coast Friday. The maximum storm surge is expected to be 9 to 13 feet. Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall especially near coastal North Carolina with 20-30 inches and isolated 40 inch totals causing catastrophic flash flooding and river flooding. South Carolina is expected to receive 5-10 inches with isolated 20 inch totals, Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast late Thursday or Friday. In addition, a few tornadoes are expected in eastern North Carolina late Thursday.

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