Hurricane Florence: Live discussion, track, potential impacts

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(WWLP/AP) – Hurricane Florence is continuing its path toward the Carolinas Thursday, now as a Category 1 Hurricane.

According to the National Hurricane Center, landfall of this hurricane is expected “very soon” bringing the center of the storm over land.

The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still deadly Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the homes of as many as 10 million people with immense amounts of rain. Florence’s top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140 mph (225 kph) to 90 mph (175 kph) early Friday.

Florence’s track shifted slightly south Wednesday, taking aim at the southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina coasts. Inland residents are also expected to feel the effects of the hurricane.

Hurricane Florence: Live web cams from the Carolinas

According to the National Hurricane Center, a life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines. Life-threatening flash flooding is also possible over portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region as well, into early next week.

WAVY: The National Hurricane Center best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Then, it will likely hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 13 feet (nearly 4 meters) of storm surge and dumping 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain on both states, before slogging over the Appalachian Mountains.

Whether you own a house down in the Carolinas or mid-Atlantic region, or have loved ones down there, 22News is working for you with everything you need to know about the hurricane.

Live tracking: Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

22News will be live streaming two Hurricane Florence discussions a day, one in the morning and one at night. You can watch the discussion right here on WWLP.com or the mobile app.

Photos: ReportIt@wwlp.com

The hurricane is a reminder that natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Should you ever need it, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has put together the emergency kit checklist below:

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