Hurricane Florence Continuing Coverage - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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We'll cover the latest on the storm and its potential impact on Central Indiana in this updated weather blog.

First -- the latest on Hurricane Florence as of 1pm is that it is a category four storm with sustained winds of 130 mph and minimum pressure of 950 mb. (the lower the pressure the strong the storm).

The storm is moving a touch quicker than it has been to the WNW at 16 mph.

The storm is tracking WNW and this is taken into consideration when weather models make a projected future track.

Surrounding atmospheric conditions also come into play in order to predict where the storm will move.

There is a large area of high pressure in the northern Atlantic which is blocking the storm from taking a more northerly track.

This will be in place over the next several days keeping Florence on a west-northwestward path over the next 48 hours.

Another ridge is building throughout the Midwest and will cause another block in Florence's path inland. This will cause Florence to slow down significantly once making landfall causing an exacerbated rainfall threat.

The latest track has the strongest part of the storm reaching the coastlines of South Carolina and North Carolina early Friday morning as a category 3 storm with 120 mph sustained winds.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for most of the South Carolina coastline as well as North Carolina up to the Virginia border. A Hurricane Watches are issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm winds (39+ mph sustained winds).

A Storm Surge Watch has also been issued along the coastlines. This watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline.

A storm surge detailed risk map can be found at hurricanes.gov

Highest threats: Life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and river flooding, hurricane force winds well inland.

Catastrophic flooding is likely from Charleston, SC up the North Carolina coast and inland from Raleigh to Charlotte down through Columbia, SC.

Many coastal locations are already in a mandatory evacuation, but many inland folks will also be at risk for feet of flooding with the possibility of power outages that last for multiple days.

How will this storm impact Central Indiana?

It won't happen this weekend -- this is a slow mover.

The current storm track brings the *potential* of rainfall to Indiana by Monday evening. Since the storm is still several days out, make sure the follow Wthr.com for the latest updates.