From the Weather Channel at 1 p.m.: Florence has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane. A strike on the U.S. East Coast is now likely Thursday. Life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds are expected. Massive inland rainfall flooding is also expected from Florence lingering into next week. Tropical storm force winds may arrive as soon as Wednesday night. Florence is also generating dangerous surf and rip currents along the East Coast.
“Hurricane Florence has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 major hurricane southeast of Bermuda and is likely to lash the East Coast later this week with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding in one of the strongest strikes on this part of the East Coast on record.”