Thursday storm center for Beaufort Co.: What you need to know ahead of Hurricane Florence

Latest track: Hurricane Florence bobbles again, takes full aim at North Carolina

Hurricane Florence is predicted to give its full brunt of its power to North Carolina and Virginia, eventually descending into South Carolina as a tropical storm.
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Hurricane Florence is predicted to give its full brunt of its power to North Carolina and Virginia, eventually descending into South Carolina as a tropical storm.

Beaufort County can still expect to see tropical storm conditions this weekend as Hurricane Florence steadily barrels toward the Carolina coast, meteorologists say.

The Category 2 storm is forecast to slow down as it nears landfall and could “linger near the coast,” causing heavy rain and strong winds in the area for extended periods of time, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

“It’s not expected to make landfall as a major hurricane anymore,” Christina Speciale, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston said. “We’re expecting it to weaken even further to a tropical storm once it enters into South Carolina.”

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The latest

When will Beaufort County feel the affects of the storm? What will they be?

So flooding is possible. What can I do to prepare?

I’ve got sandbags. How do I best use them?

Extended power outages possible in parts of South Carolina

Will they close the Hilton Head bridges if it gets really windy?

What about downed trees? Is Hilton Head prepared to remove them?

Has the evacuation been reinstated for Beaufort County?

I’m thinking about leaving. How’s traffic on I-95?

What are beach conditions like?

Why Beaufort Co. should keep an eye on storm surge forecast

Uncertainty has Beaufort Co. residents stressed out

Could the evacuation for Beaufort Co. be reinstated?

Hurricane Florence already causing damage to Beaufort Co. businesses with whirlwind evacuations

The closures

Are the airports still open?

What if I need to go to the hospital?

Which restaurants are open?

When will trash service resume in Beaufort County?

When are Jasper County shelters opening?

What’s happening on Parris Island?

When will Beaufort Co. schools reopen?

What’s happened here so far

How many people evacuated Beaufort Co. before order went into effect?

At a press conference, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office explained why lane reversals didn't happen for Hurricane Florence.


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Information to store in your phone ahead of the storm

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What should I be doing right now?

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How do I know I’m prepared enough?

Weather report

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How does Hurricane Florence’s path compare to Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Irma?

What kind of damage could Hurricane Florence bring to South Carolina’s coast?

Here’s how to read updates on Hurricane Florence

Here’s what hurricane categories mean — and how much damage to expect

Hurricane hazards you should be aware of

Why ‘storm surge’ is one of the biggest threats to Beaufort County during a hurricane

Here’s how a storm surge could affect each Beaufort County town

Back in the day and other stuff

Scientists fly inside the eye of Hurricane Florence

SC Gov. McMaster was right to call off the evacuation Tuesday

Close calls, regrets and other stories from those who stayed in Beaufort County during Hurricane Matthew

Beaufort County seems to be reacting differently to this storm. Why is that?

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