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Prepare for flooding, wind risks from Hurricane Florence

While the course of Hurricane Florence appears to have shifted slightly further south, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg said that Charlotte County residents, as well as residents of southwest Virginia, northwest North Carolina and southeast West Virginia should prepare for flooding and wind risks that could occur from the category-four hurricane.

“Looking toward the end of the week and the weekend and on into early next week, there remains potential for Hurricane Florence to have a
significant impact on the weather across our region,” officials with NWS cited. “However, the track for Hurricane Florence has been shifted slightly further south and also slower in forward speed, which introduces some uncertainty regarding the amount of wind and rainfall that will eventually impact southwest Virginia, northwest North Carolina, and southeast West Virginia toward the weekend and early next week.

“Nonetheless, Florence is still a major hurricane and even with this slightly further southward track into South Carolina and Georgia as
currently depicted, very heavy rainfall and wind will still be present hundreds of miles from the actual center of the storm.
Flooding rainfall especially remains a major concern for our forecast area, especially late in the weekend and during the first half of
next week,” the NWS cited.

Charlotte County resident can expect mostly cloudy weather with a chance of showers Thursday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and northeast winds around 10 miles per hour.

Winds are expected to pick up Thursday evening, with northeast winds around 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Winds will remain between 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour Friday. Chance of rain will be 70 percent during the day and at night.