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Florence would not reach us for a week

While Florence heads toward the North Carolina coast with category 4 fury, the N.C. mountains is a week away from feeling any impact and may escape wind and rain altogether.


"Right now the way it’s tracking has it coming ashore around Wilmington Friday into Saturday," said meteorologist Scott Krentz of the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. "It looks like it’s probably going to stall in eastern Carolina and from there it looks very uncertain."

Florence could drift north or continue west, possibly hitting the Charlotte area.

"That would be next Monday or Tuesday," Krentz said. "For right now we’re not going to forecast any significant impacts (in the mountains) because it’s too uncertain. This is one to keep an eye on because of the potential for flooding. If it did come inland it would weaken and probably be a tropical depression. It could still have a little punch to it" with wind gusts of 25 mph or higher.