(WSPA) — Hurricane Florence is now a category 2 storm with winds near 110 miles per hour as it continues to move towards the North and South Carolina coasts.
As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the hurricane is about 280 miles from Willmington, N.C. and headednorthwest.
Florence is expected to gain strength before it slows early Friday and batters the coast through Saturday morning.
The latest track shows it moving inland and weakening to a tropical depression on Sunday.
Locally, residents could see remnants from that tropical depression early Monday morning.
Remnants of Florence are forecast to bring lots of rain with the risk of flash flooding and landslides to to Upstate SC, western NC and NE Georgia.
The NHC says Florence is expected to produce life-threatening storm surge and rainfall in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.
A hurricane warning is in effect from South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, N.C.
LANE REVERSALS AND EVACUATION ROUTES:
Charleston to Columbia: A full four-lane reversal on I-26 in Charleston will begin at the interchange of I-26 and I-526. The full reversal continues west until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County. SCDOT officials said eastbound lanes of I-26 from Columbia to Charleston will close at 5 a.m. to facilitate the lane reversals.
Horry County: Horry County has two four-lane reversals along US 501: SC 544 to US 378; and US 501: Between SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to SC 576 near Marion County.
Anyone with questions about Hurricane Florence is asked to call 1-866-246-0133.
EVACUATION SHELTER LOCATIONS:
See a full list of evacuation shelters locations here.
For the latest updates on the State of Emergency for Hurricane Florence, visit scemd.org.