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Heavy rain rather than destructive winds will be Wilson's greatest threat from Hurricane Florence, Albert Thomas Jr. says in today's interim update of The Wilson Times Weathercast.
Florence is still expected to make landfall between the Cape Fear River and Ocracoke early Friday, with most models predicting a Category 3 hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. Most forecast models call for Florence to move slowly, which will buffer Wilson from the fiercest winds.
The National Weather Service's Tuesday afternoon projections called for wind speeds in Wilson to remain just below the 39 mph tropical storm-force threshold with gusts to 50 mph. While the wind speeds here may not be high, Wilson could still see 10-15 inches of rain over a two-day period, causing extreme flash flooding.
Listen below for more information on Hurricane Florence, and check WilsonTimes.com and the National Weather Service website at Weather.gov for the latest forecasts.