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 15 miles north-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and 55 miles east-southeast of Florence, South Carolina, the NHC said Friday in an 8 p.m. ET advisory.
The storm is moving west at 3 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
“Life-threatening storm surges and strong winds to continue tonight,” the NHC said.
The center also warned “catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and South Carolina.”
What else should I know?
“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move farther inland across extreme eastern South Carolina tonight and Saturday,” the NHC said. “Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.”
A storm surge warning was ordered for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Salvo, North Carolina, in addition to the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina, the NHC said.
Areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina through to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and the Pamlico Sound were under a tropical storm warning.
“Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!” President Trump said ahead of the storm’s landfall.
Fox News’ Madeline Farber, Amy Lieu, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Stephen Sorace, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.