The outer bands of Hurricane Florence are beginning to brush the coast of the Carolinas.
Right now, Florence is a Category 2 storm with sustained wind holding at 105 mph and gusts at 120 mph.
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A state of emergency is in effect for all 159 counties in Georgia. In metro Atlanta, we could see some rain as the remnants of the storm move through late Sunday and Monday.
Channel 2 Action News has our experienced team of meteorologists and reporters covering all angles of the storm as it approaches. Severe Weather Team 2 Brian Monahan is in Wilmington, N.C., Channel 2's Nicole Carr is in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Channel 2's Tony Thomas is in Savannah. Follow them to stay updated as the storm hits.
6:50 p.m. Florence now interacting with land in the Carolinas.
6:49 p.m. Pressure continuing to fall in Wilmington.
6:30 p.m. Current picking up in Wilmington, N.C.
6:23 p.m. Storm is now 90 miles east of Wilmington moving WNW.
6:00 p.m. Florence continues to show possible strengthening as it approaches the coast.
6pm: Dark red indicates very deep convection which is increasing and wrapping around the eye of Florence.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
This indicates possible strengthening. This is bad timing and location for the coast of NC. pic.twitter.com/buNUioiagE
5:48 p.m. Wind gusts strengthening as Florence nears.
5:30 p.m. Thousands are already without power in North Carolina.
5:22 p.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz says it's possible that Florence could restrengthen a bit before making landfall.
The eyewall and core of Hurricane Florence is reorganizing now. Note the darkest red wrapping nearly around the eye now.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
This is not weakening, in fact a little strengthening is possible. pic.twitter.com/LcX0Lan79L
5:15 p.m. Florence has shifted a bit north, but is likely to move back.
Over the last couple hours Hurricane Florence has moved north. This is PROBABLY a wobble, but worth watching. pic.twitter.com/dSefExF4AW— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
5:10 p.m. Hurricane Florence is now 100 miles from Wilmington, NC.
5:10PM-- Check out these wind gusts pushing ashore as Hurricane #Florence moves closer to NC. The center is now 100 miles from Wilmington, but the storm has slowed to just 5 mph. pic.twitter.com/al5azyNO4z— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 13, 2018
4:55 p.m. Wind and rain picking up in Wilmington, NC, where Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan is reporting.
4:50 p.m. Storm surge in full effect in parts of North Carolina.
4:45 p.m. Florence continues to weaken, with wind now at 100 mph.
5pm Advisory is in and the forecast track for Florence is virtually unchanged.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
Landfall Friday, but hurricane conditions along the Carolina coast for the next 24-36 hours.
Weaker as it turns north and brings a chance for a few showers locally Sun-Mon. pic.twitter.com/HlypZrMyju
4:40 p.m. Convoy leaves Atlanta to help with Florence.
This US Customs and Border Protection convoy left Atlanta and is rolling through the Carolinas. At 5, what they're bringing, and how they plan to use it to help relief efforts. pic.twitter.com/tcVANnYeK8— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) September 13, 2018
4:03 p.m. Channel 2 Action News has a team of reporters and meteorologists spread across the coast as Florence moves in. We have complete coverage of the storm right now on Channel 2 Action News.
4:00 p.m. Florence moving very slowly to the NW at a speed of 5 mph. The storm has a maximum sustained wind of 105 mph.
3:55 p.m. Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologists preparing to bring you complete coverage of Hurricane Florence on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.
3:40 p.m. Parts of coastal North Carolina starting to flood.
3:07 p.m. Wind gusts nearly up to 80 mph in parts of North Carolina.
3pm: Florence is now moving WNW 10 mph.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
Cape Lookout, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind 60 mph, gust to 79 mph.
56 mph, gust to 69 mph at Fort Macon
55 mph, gust to 66 mph in Pamlico Sound
50 mph, gust to 62 mph in Ocracoke.
3:03 p.m. GEMA is at a Level 1 full scaled activation.
This from GEMA: "GEMA/HS is currently at a Level 1 full scale activation to monitor and prepare for any impacts from Hurricane Florence. We continue to communicate with state, local and federal partners to assist with current or projected needs."— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) September 13, 2018
2:58 p.m. Channel 2's Nicole Carr is in Myrtle Beach with people who ignored the mandatory evacuation order.
"I mean we in a fairly safe neighborhood down on the old Air Force base. Those homes have been there since the '50s so they're pretty sturdy."-Myrtle Beach couple ignoring mandatory evacuation order,but believe they can get out after they see flooding. #Florence @wsbtv 4 pic.twitter.com/MfwpFxPOCW— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) September 13, 2018
2:44 p.m. Officials say over 16,000 people are already without power in North Carolina.
2:41 p.m. Attorney General's office confirms it's received six complaints of gas station price gouging in Georgia.
The Attorney General's office confirms it's received six complaints of gas station price gouging across Georgia ahead of the hurricane. None in the Metro Atlanta area. The office says it will investigate each complaint— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) September 13, 2018
2:34 p.m. New advisory issued.
2pm update: Hurricane Florence is a category 2 storm nearing the North Carolina coast. The 5 day track brings a weaker storm near east Georgia. Local rain chances go up late Sunday - Monday. Local winds 20-30 mph possible. pic.twitter.com/5uL871vCvn— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
2:20 p.m. Alabama power crews are staging in Cobb County preparing to help with Hurricane Florence.
2:10 p.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan is in Wilmington, N.C, and will have updates all day long on Channel 2 Action News.
1:38 p.m. Tropical storm force wind continue to increase as it hits North Carolina.
Buoy just off of Cedar Island, North Carolina is measuring sustained wind 49 mph, gusts to 72 mph now (1:38 PM) pic.twitter.com/k6qy1qk3vK— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
1:28 p.m. The Waffle House storm center has been activated.
This is a real thing y’all. State officials use this @WaffleHouse index to gauge how bad a storm is - while we’re in the thick of it. I’ll have more on this in my live reports today on Ch2 starting at 4pm pic.twitter.com/tqClXEBRJf— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) September 13, 2018
We got access to the @WaffleHouse storm center & we saw exactly how they get 230 restaurants in the storms path - ready. They take storm preps very seriously so state officials, 1st responders & people can count on them to stay open 24/7 pic.twitter.com/wyf2tMeCN7— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) September 13, 2018
1:20 p.m. Water starting to flood some streets on the NC coast.
1:13 p.m. Channel 2's Tony Thomas is headed out on a flight with Hurricane Hunters.
12:50 a.m. Storm surge has already started to move in on Wilmington Beach:
12:44 p.m. Channel 2's Nicole Carr is in Myrtle Beach, SC, where the last grocery store in the area will be closing at 2 p.m.
Y’all. The Myrtle Beach @Publix is the only open grocery store in town. Just for the next hour and 15 min or so . I’ve found everyone who is left in town-right here. #Florence #stormwatchon2 @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/gB4jA7bg8k— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) September 13, 2018
12:34 p.m. Places in Atlanta offering discounts and free tickets to hurricane evacuees.
If you have a valid North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia ID you can receive a 20% discount to the Hall at our box office starting today until Sunday, September 16! #HurricaneFlorence #HurricaneFlorence2018 #Atlanta pic.twitter.com/oaORon7brd— CFB Hall of Fame (@cfbhall) September 13, 2018
#HurricaneFlorence2018 Owls will be giving #free admission to all evacuees. Just present your North or South Carolina ID at the box office to receive your ticket at a first come, first serve basis while supplies last https://t.co/iUHjT4bCLX— Kennesaw State Owls (@KSUOwlNation) September 13, 2018
12:27 p.m. A spokesperson for Delta says the airline has canceled a total of 150 flights ahead of Florence.
12:26 p.m. Rainfall totals still expected to reach 40 inches in isolated areas.
Updated expected rainfall totals. pic.twitter.com/o42ZDxBXSV— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
12:22 p.m. Hurricane Florence is about 125 miles off the North Carolina coast.
Well , this should be an interesting afternoon. I’m heading up in this plane with the Hurricane Hunters this afternoon to fly through the eye of Florence .— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) September 13, 2018
I’ve done it once before . Yes it will be bumpy, but you can’t beat the view . #florence @wsbtv @LJphotog54 pic.twitter.com/XLEjJcLraw
12:11 p.m. The first tropical storm force winds have reached North Carolina.
Tropical Storm Force winds have reached NC -- Cape Lookout, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 55 mph, gust to 70 mph. Ocracoke reported sustained winds of 50 mph. #Florence pic.twitter.com/GqGhHT6SLN— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 13, 2018
11:49 a.m. Agencies in Atlanta are preparing to help with Hurricane Florence.
US Customs and Border Protection agents loading up and heading to the Carolinas to be ready to respond to Hurricane Florence. They have generators, water and other supplies. pic.twitter.com/G8YAtIQWN9— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) September 13, 2018
11:39 a.m. Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall just one mph shy of a Category 3 storm.
#Florence is projected to vary in strength for the next 12-24 hours. Official NHC forecast projects it just 1 mph shy of Cat. 3 strength this evening. It is forecast to move onshore late tonight/early Friday morning. Storm surge will remain a huge concern. pic.twitter.com/YoLEDSAhpv— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) September 13, 2018
11:05 a.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologists Brad Nitz and Katie Walls answer your questions on Facebook.
10:56 a.m. 11 a.m. advisory and new forecast track released. Not much has changed on the track.
11 am forecast track is virtually unchanged.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
A slow crawl along the Carolina coast over the next 36 hours, then weakening as it moves inland and turns north.
Details and impacts live on @wsbtv at Noon. pic.twitter.com/KfvZ1EX6kj
10:53 a.m. Wind picking up off North Carolina coast as Florence gets closer.
10:43 a.m. Wind gusts measured up to 57 mph near the North Carolina coast as Hurricane Florence's outer bands hit.
Outer bands are on the NC coast now. A bouy near the coast is measuring gusts to 57 mph now.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
Florence's eye (bottom right) is about 140 miles from the coast. pic.twitter.com/LSDyQX6zbq
10:20 a.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz warns people along the coast to stay alert.
Don't let the idea that it's a category 2 hurricane fool you, the impacts will be extensive. Inland flooding over North and South Caroline will be extreme.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
Widespread 10-15 inch rainfall is likely. 20-30 inches, even isolated 40" totals are possible. pic.twitter.com/T4z1TWsc0F
9:45 a.m. Extensive storm surge flooding expected in areas as Florence continues to get closer.
Extensive storm surge flooding is expected along the SE North Carolina Coast with a water rise of 9-13 feet. The worst impacts will be between Cape Fear and Cape Lookout. pic.twitter.com/EuOvb79HVz— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
9:37 a.m. FEMA warns people in evacuation zones, "Your time is running out."
FEMA Administrator Brock Long warns residents who have been placed under evacuation "your time is running out."— ABC News (@ABC) September 13, 2018
"Your time to get out of those areas, and storm surge inundation, is coming to a close. I cannot emphasize that enough." https://t.co/HdV3Wroc3q pic.twitter.com/IgX06X81qW
9:23 a.m. Sun is still shining in North Carolina, but not for long as Florence moves in.
9:19 a.m. UGA moves game time against MTSU to noon on Saturday.
“After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainly of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium," the school said.
Attention UGA fans:— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 13, 2018
Saturday’s game vs Middle Tennessee State game has been moved up a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium. pic.twitter.com/cmZlUvvrgO
8:48 a.m. Hurricane Florence is now moving at 12 mph. The outer rain bands are hitting the outer banks of North Carolina.
HURRICANE FLORENCE: Rain bands already touching the outer banks of North Carolina. Florence now moving NW at 12 mph. It will decrease its forward speed even more today and turn W-NW, then West through tonight and Friday. pic.twitter.com/TlLWyMMT7E— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
8:26 a.m. Karen Minton gives an update on Hurricane Florence's path, says strength will not change much before landfall.
Hurricane Florence: Expect a turn to the W-NW and West at an even slower speed through tonight and Friday. Then a slow W-SW forward motion is forecast for Friday night and Saturday. Little change in strength before landfall late tonight or early Friday. pic.twitter.com/cPrVZPZB8u— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
8 a.m. New advisory keeps Florence at a Category 2 storm with 110 mph sustained wind.
7:35 a.m. Image from National Weather Service shows Hurricane Florence approaching the coastline.
7:14 a.m. All eyes on the tropics. Right now, there are four named storms in the Atlantic, and a 60% chance of development for a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.
There has never been in recorded history 5 named storms in the Atlantic basin simultaneously. The disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has a 60% chance of development.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 13, 2018
The last time there were 4 storms was 2008.
Just Wow! pic.twitter.com/OExgSGN84D
7:00 a.m. Wind is beginning to pick up along the coast in Myrtle Beach, where Channel 2's Nicole Carr has been reporting all morning on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.
6:38 a.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton warns that strongest winds will be Friday morning along the North Carolina coast, but says winds won't be as big of an issue as the life-threatening flooding and storm surge.
By Friday morning Hurricane Florence will have the strongest winds along the North Carolina coast. It is expected to decrease in intensity for wind, but the flooding and storm surge will be life threatening. pic.twitter.com/o2DIa7puYC— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
Do not focus on the wind speed category of #Hurricane #Florence! Life-threatening storm surge flooding, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are still expected. More: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/eiD4c8pkRx— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 13, 2018
6:09 a.m. Despite the slightly weakened storm, rainfall potential remains the same. Some isolated areas could see up to 40 inches of rain over the next several days.
Hurricane Florence will dump a lot of rain for several days, especially in the Carolinas. North and South Carolina could get 20"-30" of rain with isolated 40". Depending on how far west it moves East Georgia could get 4"+ pic.twitter.com/9KS93lpDxD— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
5:51 a.m. Tropical storm force wind reach out nearly 200 miles in every direction from the center of Hurricane Florence. The Carolinas are expected to start feeling the stronger wind today.
Good morning! NEW: #Florence is a little weaker, a little looser at the eye. The big storm is shooting tropical storm force winds out 195 miles in every direction. @KarenMintonWSB is explaining the GA impact on @wsbtv. pic.twitter.com/HzxTC7S24X— Linda Stouffer (@LindaWSB) September 13, 2018
5:48 a.m. Eye of Hurricane Florence is degrading a bit.
NHC UPDATE FLORENCE: Little change on satellite overnight. Convection on SE side still disrupted and eyewall ope to the SE. Hunter Aircraft reported eyewall not fully intact. Appears shear on south side has caused inner core to degrade... pic.twitter.com/ZLRSimpQAC— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
5:36 a.m. Outer bands of Hurricane Florence are beginning to brush the East Coast.
HURRICANE FLORENCE: Outer bands approach NC coast. Combo of storm surge and tide will cause flooding. 20"-30" with isolated 40" of rain possible. Tornadoes possible E. NC through Friday. Swells from Florence impacting Bermuda and parts of U.S. coast. pic.twitter.com/vBk8XLfPOD— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
5:30 a.m. Channel 2 Action News has your covered throughout the day with crews spread across the coast and throughout metro Atlanta covering all angles of the storm.
Wondering what's happening with #HurricaneFlorence? We've got you covered 👇 @KarenMintonWSB is tracking the storm, @NicoleCarrWSB is LIVE in Myrtle Beach and @AudreyWSBTV and @DarrynMooreWSB explain how Georgia is preparing, NEXT on Channel 2 Action News This AM #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/m224ZPKXAJ— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) September 13, 2018
5:20 a.m. Channel 2's Nicole Carr is live in Myrtle Beach where evacuations are underway.
5 a.m. Hurricane Florence slowing down as it approaches the East Coast. It is a Category 2 storm with sustained wind of 110 mph.
5AM UPDATE: Hurricane Florence sustained wind holding at 110 mph. Its forward speed has decreased to 15 mph. Gradual decrease in forward speed expected today. It will approach NC & SC coast later today. Slow move over SC Friday night-Sat night. pic.twitter.com/4rMaUOfp5P— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 13, 2018
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