Florence is pushing towards a landfall and beginning to lash the central seaboard with damaging winds and storm surge
- Hurricane Florence tracker: where is the storm heading?
- What we know so far about Hurricane Florence
The governor of Virginia has now advised residents to stay off the road and stay in place as Florence approaches landfall. From the AP:
He says parts of Virginia will likely see tropical storm-force winds, flooding and several inches (centimeters) of rain.
Although the forecast for Virginia is less severe than earlier in the week, Northam says “now is not the time to let down our guard.”
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Sam Levin here, continuing our live coverage. Here’s a new alert from the National Weather Service, which has noted that the storm surge is also expected to occur in inlets and rivers, in some cases in excess of 9ft.
Important note as #Florence continues to close in on the Carolina coastline, storm surge is not just an “ocean” problem tonight. Significant surge is expected to occur in the NC inlets and rivers, some areas in excess of 9 feet! pic.twitter.com/dz5OFR3M4B
I think this speaks for itself. Union point in New Bern, North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/1LxtrdCJgY