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Hurricane Florence's outer bands have arrived in eastern North Carolina, and Wilson can expect heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds overnight and during the day Friday, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this special update to The Wilson Times Weathercast brought to you by ENCWheels.com.
Wilson County is under a tropical storm warning, with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher likely. Fierce storms may begin overnight and the greater Wilson area can expect peak winds between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday.
Winds should be 35-40 mph with gusts in the low 50 mph range expected. Heavy rain will cause flash flooding in low-lying areas, and wind and rain totals could increase depending on Florence's precise path as it makes landfall. As of Thursday, portions neighboring counties including Greene, Wayne, Pitt and southern Johnston were forecast to receive 15 inches of rain.
Florence was projected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. Listen below for more details.