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 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and 45 miles south-southwest of Florence, South Carolina, the NHC said Saturday in a 5 p.m. ET advisory.
The storm is moving west at 2 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
“The center of Florence continues its slow westward trek across eastern South Carolina. Heavy rains and catastrophic flooding continue across portions of North Carolina and South Carolina,” the center said.
What else should I know?
“The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued north of Surf City, North Carolina. All Storm Surge Warnings have been discontinued,” the NHC said.
However, a tropical storm warning is in effect from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina, the center said, adding “interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic state should monitor the progress of Florence due to the heavy rainfall threat.”
“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.
“Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!” President Trump said ahead of the storm’s landfall.
If you’ve been impacted by Florence, you can find emergency contacts here.
Fox News’ Madeline Farber, Amy Lieu, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Stephen Sorace, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.