Miami, Florida-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Florence is still dangerous. But it's no longer a hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center says Florence is a tropical storm with top winds of 70 miles per hour, centered about 25 miles NE of Myrtle Beach, SC, moving west at 6 mph. Gradual weakening is expected overnight. Hurricane warnings and watches have been discontinued.
Storm surge is expected to continue along the coast tonight, with catastrophic flooding expected inland in North and South Carolina.
The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and north of Salvo, North Carolina, including Albemarle Sound.
NHC forecasters say the center of Florence will move farther inland across southeastern North Carolina this evening, and across extreme eastern South Carolina tonight and Saturday. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.
Graphics courtesy National Hurricane Center.