The National Hurricane Center says Florence is expected to slam into the East Coast- currently models are aligning around North Carolina with landfall on Thursday or Friday. The storm's winds have increased to 115 mph, a Category 3 hurricane this morning and are expected to increase tomorrow making this a Category 4 Hurricane.
It is important not to focus on the exact forecast track as average National Hurricane Center errors at days 4 and 5 are about 140 to 180 nautical miles and dangerous hazards will extend well away from the center of the Hurricane.
The storm is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane and its winds, rains and storm surge will be felt here at the Beach along with freshwater flooding from a forecast of prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall.
While Florence is still 4/5 days out-- the above forecast may change.
I am asking that you make sure that you bring in any outdoor items such as furniture or plants from your decks to prevent them from blowing. If you have Hurricane Shutters, make sure that they are closed when you leave.
Additionally, when you leave your unit, make sure that you set the heat to 55, shut the water off to your unit, shut the breaker to the hot water heater to the off position and lift the ice-maker bar to the upright position.
Have a Great Week and we will continue to keep you updated.
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