Florence’s path: Track the tropical storm here

Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane on Friday and is poised to affect more than 10 million this week in the southeastern U.S.

Once a powerful Category 4 storm, Florence became a slow-moving Category 1 before it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday. However, forecasters warned the storm could bring catastrophic storm surges and cause devastating flooding.

Here’s what you need to know about Florence and its path.

Where is the hurricane now?

The storm is about 50 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and 40 miles south of Florence, South Carolina, the NHC said Saturday in a 2 p.m. ET advisory.

The storm is moving west at 3 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

“The center of Florence is moving slowly westward across eastern South Carolina. Heavy rains and catastrophic flooding continue across portions of North Carolina and South Carolina,” the NHC said.

What else should I know?

“Florence is moving toward the west-southwest near 5 mph, and a turn toward the west and northwest is expected [Saturday] and Sunday,” the NHC said. “Florence is forecast to turn northward through the Ohio Valley by Monday.”

“Continual gradual weakening is forecast while Florence moves farther inland during the next couple of days, and it is likely to weaken to a tropical depression by [Saturday night],” the NHC added.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence bring strong winds to North Carolina; Leland Vittert reports.

A storm surge warning was ordered for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Ocrakoke Inlet, North Carolina, in addition to the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina, the NHC said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout North Carolina, the NHC said, which added “the tropical storm warning has been discontinued south of South Santee River and north of Cape Lookout.”

“Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!” President Trump said ahead of the storm’s landfall.

If you’re getting ready for Florence, you can read about steps to prepare for the storm here and find emergency contacts here.

Madeline Farber, Amy Lieu, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Stephen Sorace, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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