Hurricane Florence Timeline: What to Expect From the Storm Through the Weekend

WHAT’S HAPPENING Florence’s rain bands lash Carolinas

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The outer rain bands of the massive storm will continue moving over the Outer Banks, lashing the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina that are a popular tourist destination.

At 2pm (1800 GMT), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 145 miles (230 kilometres) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving northwest at 10 miles per hour, the NHC said.

The storm's forward motion has slowed 11km/h since Wednesday (local time), which was predicted as the storm nears the coast.

Hurricane Florence continues to drop category, but not unsafe, while hundreds of thousands of people try to get away from the coasts of the two Carolinas and Virginia.

Windows and doors are boarded up in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Morehead City, North Carolina. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to Cape Charles Light, VA, and for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. This is bigger than both of the Carolinas and THIS is why rain is the biggest issue.

Evacuation warnings have been in place for 1.7 million people in the area.

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Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said. "Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence". 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. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks".

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised that there are now 96 New Zealanders officially registered with SafeTravel as being in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

"I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding".

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

Winds will ramp up today, stay strong through Friday, then slowly relax through the weekend. The water can reach up to 9 feet in some areas during high tide.

Here is a look at the latest wind speed probabilities over the next few days...

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In east Kinston, not far from one of the city's subsidized housing developments, Michael Weathington, 53, sat waiting for a ride on the porch of his home - a humble abode of whitewashed wooden siding beneath a rust-tinged metal roof.

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-Numerous downed trees and long-lasting power outages could occur near and inland from where the center of Florence strikes.

That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC. Florence will likely weaken to a Category 1 storm on Friday or Saturday.

Steering currents - around clear-weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems - redirect hurricanes, with the clear-weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around.

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 miles per hour (144 kph) by nightfall.

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