Charlotte Forecast: Winds, Rain from Florence to Arrive Late Friday

posted by Alie Davila - 

Forecast highlights:

  • Winds will begin to pick up around the Charlotte area Friday, ahead of Florence
  • Some of the outer rain bands from the hurricane could arrive in the metro area by Friday evening
  • Until those rain bands arrive, conditions will be very dry, with highs in the mid-80s
  • Florence’s intensity remains consistent, still a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches the coast
  • Eyewall began lashing the coast near Wilmington around 5:30 a.m.
  • Florence officially made landfall at 7:15 a.m. on Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds of 90 mph
  • Florence will slow down after landfall, so it’ll stay along the coast with part of the storm staying over water for a long time. That means it’ll take a long time to de-intensify. That also means storm surge continues to be a major risk as water continues to pile up along the coast.
  • After Friday, the system will move quickly toward Charlotte, but will weaken more quickly as well
  • When it arrives in the metro area it will be a tropical storm or depression and will bring torrential rains to the area all weekend
  • By Monday, the storm will veer north and we'll be in recovery mode

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