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Wilson can expect tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain from Thursday through Sunday if Hurricane Florence sticks to Monday afternoon predictions, which forecast the storm making landfall around Wilmington as a Category 3 hurricane.
Wilson County would see steady winds of 30 mph or more with gusts in the low 50 mph range if Florence follows the likeliest path projected on Monday. The earliest predicted arrival of tropical storm-force gusts - winds reaching 39 mph or higher - was 9 p.m. Thursday.
For comparison, Hurricane Hazel in 1954 is the tropical cyclone against which Wilsonians measure all other storms. Hazel struck the state as a Category 4 hurricane with steady 140 mph winds and wreaked record destruction here as the eye of the storm roared through Wilson. Monday's forecasts called for severe conditions, but none approaching Hazel's fury.
Listen below for more information on Hurricane Florence.
Forecasts can change rapidly as hurricanes' track shifts throughout the day. Visit WilsonTimes.com and the National Weather Service website at weather.gov for the latest information. This week, The Wilson Times Weathercast brought to you by ENCWheels.com will broadcast daily, with new installments posted shortly after noon each day.