MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Hurricane Florence continues moving west towards the North Carolina coastline. As of 5 a.m, Florence was just over 200 miles away from Wilmington, NC.
Since yesterday, Florence has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with winds sustained at 110 mph.
The forecast trend continues to be that Florence will bounce southwest, weakening to a tropical depression in central South Carolina as early as Sunday morning.
The continued trend of Florence shifting southwest means Middle Georgia may still be impacted by the tropical system as it weakens.
Rainfall totals across Middle Georgia could range from 1-3 inches, with heavier rain falling east of I-75.
Wind gusts will also increase to 20-40 mph Saturday afternoon through Monday morning.
Along with the increased rain chances and wind gust speeds, Florence will also provide Middle Georgia with a drop in temperatures.
Beforehand, however, it will get hotter. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid-upper 90’s until Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be cooler with temperatures staying in the upper 80’s.
Hurricane Florence is less than 48 hours away from making landfall, and as we’ve seen, the forecast tract has varied. It is possible that other changes to the path may occur. If they do, the 41AccuWeather Team will provide you with the latest tropical updates on the air, 41NBC website, Facebook and Twitter pages.