First Alert: Florence now a category 1 hurricane; still very dangerous

Life-threatening storm surge and inland flooding are still a major concern.

Hurricane Florence Update - Thursday 10 pm Advisory

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Sustained hurricane-force winds are battering the North Carolina coast, and life-threatening storm surge and flooding is a major concern.

Hurricane Florence is now a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 90 mph. This is still a very dangerous storm. Life-threatening storm surge is continuing to eat away at the coast, strong winds are causing structural damage and excessive rain is increasing the threat of both coastal and inland flooding.

As of the 10 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Florence was located about 50 miles south of Morehead City, NC, and about 60 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, NC.

Latest track of Hurricane Florence.
Latest track of Hurricane Florence. (National Hurricane Center)

Landfall as a CAT 1 is expected earlier in the day Friday. Florence is slowly heading northwest at 6 mph, and it will soon turn more west-northwesterly and continue on that path through Friday. A slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday.

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