The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases an updated public advisory every three hours on major storms in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including Florence. Each update comes with an updated 'Cone of Concern' - or the suspected path for the storm and updated information about intensity and movement.

Find all of that information below, along with helpful links to WFMY News 2 coverage of the storm and its expected impact on the triad.

Hurricane Florence is a major storm headed for the coast of the Carolina.

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BULLETIN

Hurricane Florence Advisory Number 58

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018

500 PM EDT Thu Sep 13 2018

...HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS GETTING CLOSER TO THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER

BANKS AND COASTAL SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA...

...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND RAINFALL EXPECTED...

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...33.7N 76.2W

ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM ESE OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA

ABOUT 155 MI...250 KM E OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...100 MPH...155 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...955 MB...28.20 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from south of South Santee

River to Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina

* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico

Rivers

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

* North of Duck North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina

* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* North of Duck North Carolina to Cape Charles Light Virginia

* Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort

* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states

should monitor the progress of Florence.

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening

inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline. For

a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather

Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at

hurricanes.gov.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-

threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the

coastline.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected

somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12

to 24 hours.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible

within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible

inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your

local National Weather Service forecast office.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

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At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), data from NOAA Doppler weather radars

indicate that the center of the eye of Florence was located near

latitude 33.7 North, longitude 76.2 West. Florence is moving toward

the west-northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h), and this general motion is

forecast to continue into Friday. A slow westward to west-

southwestward motion is expected Friday night and Saturday. On

the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts

of North and South Carolina later tonight, then move near or over

the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina

in the hurricane warning area on Friday. A slow motion across

portions of eastern and central South Carolina is forecast Friday

night through Saturday night.

Doppler radar data indicate that maximum sustained winds have

decreased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Little

change in strength is expected before the eye of Florence reaches

the coast, with slow weakening expected after the center moves

inland or meanders near the coast. More significant weakening is

forecast on Saturday as Florence moves farther inland over central

South Carolina.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from

the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195

miles (315 km). A NOAA reporting station at Cape Lookout, North

Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 68 mph (109 km/h)

and a gust to 85 mph (137 km/h).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 955 mb (28.20 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the

tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by

rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has the

potential to reach the following heights above ground...

Cape Fear NC to Cape Lookout NC...7-11 ft, with locally higher

amounts in the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo, and Bay Rivers

Cape Lookout NC to Ocracoke Inlet NC...6-9 ft

South Santee River SC to Cape Fear NC...4-6 ft

Ocracoke Inlet NC to Salvo NC...4-6 ft

Salvo NC to North Carolina/Virginia Border...2-4 ft

Edisto Beach SC to South Santee River SC...2-4 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of

onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and

destructive waves. Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over

short distances. For information specific to your area, please see

products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast

office.

RAINFALL: Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive

rainfall in the following areas...

Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South

Carolina...20 to 30 inches, isolated 40 inches. This rainfall will

produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river

flooding.

Remainder of South Carolina and North Carolina into southwest

Virginia...6 to 12 inches, isolated 15 inches. This rainfall will

produce life-threatening flash flooding.

WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within

the hurricane warning area this evening or early Friday. Tropical

storm conditions are already moving onshore within the warning

area.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible in eastern and

southeastern North Carolina through Friday.

SURF: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions

of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas.

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip

current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather

office.

NEXT ADVISORY

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Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM EDT.

Next complete advisory at 1100 PM EDT.

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Forecaster Stewart