Hurricane Florence is forecast to remain a major hurricane through late week as it moves toward the Southeast coast, according the National Hurricane Center. The latest forecast indicates that Florence could stall over or close to southeast North Carolina Friday, then could drift west or southwest this weekend. Regardless of the exact path, impacts will extend well beyond the center and into southeast South Carolina.

If the track shifts farther south, impacts could worsen to include storm surge inundation, damaging winds and excessive rainfall. Continue to monitor the latest National Hurricane Center forecasts, as further changes in the track forecast and associated impacts could occur. Based on the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the earliest reasonable arrival of tropical storm force winds is Thursday morning.

Current watches, warnings, and/or advisories


Hurricane Watch remains in effect for Charleston and Berkeley Counties, as well as for Charleston Harbor and the nearshore waters adjacent the Charleston County coast
Storm Surge Watch remains in effect from Edisto Beach north to South Santee River and Tidal Berkeley County.
High Risk for Rip Currents for all beaches today.

Hazards and impacts


Storm Surge Inundation: Up to 2 to 4 feet of inundation is possible in portions of the Storm Surge Watch area Thursday into Friday.
Winds: Sustained or frequent winds gusts up to or in excess of 74 mph are possible in the Hurricane Watch area Thursday night through Friday. Depending on the track after Friday, the threat for strong winds could persist through this weekend.
Rip Currents: High risk for rip currents at all beaches today and likely through at least late week.
Coastal Flooding: Outside the Storm Surge Watch area, minor coastal flooding could occur around the time of each high tide through at least late week.
Rough Surf & Beach Erosion: Surf will gradually build through late week, and high Surf Advisories may be eventually be needed. Elevated tides and surf could create beach erosion. These conditions could persist this weekend depending on the track of Florence.