HURRICANE FLORENCE: Click here for the full advisory
- The latest: .Florence is moving toward the northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today. A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florencewill approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday. A slow motion over eastern South Carolina is forecast Friday night and Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.
- State impact: Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency over concerns about Florence’s remnants over North Georgia on Monday. Details below.
- Local impact: The only thing we’re seeing as of 5 a.m. Thursday is light rain Sunday into Monday.The remnants of Florence are expected to affect the eastern portions of north and Central Georgia later Saturday into Monday. How much rain and wind will depend on the actual track of Florence but some areas near the Savannah River valley could see wind gusts of 25 to 45 mph and rainfall of 2 to 4 inches.
- From Gov. Nathan Deal: State of Emergency declared. Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in Georgia.
YOUR LOCAL FORECAST
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 98. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 99. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.