Next 12-24 hours key to determining regional impacts from Florence


Pictured above: A graphic showing expected rainfall from Hurricane Florence – Picture courtesy of NOAA


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CHARLOTTE (WSIC) – What Hurricane Florence does in the next 12 to 24 hours will determine its impact in the Charlotte region.

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FOX 46 Meteorologist Nick Kosir who says models give him confidence saying the storm will make landfall somewhere between Myrtle Beach and Moorehead City.

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The storm is presently expected to make landfall Thursday night. Nick says the Charlotte region would feel the effects Friday morning.

With this in mind, people in the north Charlotte area are getting ready. The NCDOT tells WSIC lane closures and detours on I-77 are suspended between both state lines after 12 noon Tuesday. Additional traffic is expected in the region as people closer to the coast evacuate.

NCDOT crews are preparing in all 100 counties with more than 1200 trucks, more than 1000 chain saws and more than 500 pieces of heavy equipment at their disposal. Thousands of barricades and similar items are also available.

Save-A-Lot in Statesville had a limited supply of bottled water still available Tuesday morning. Owner Kirk Lawton says demand is delaying his next shipment, now expected to arrive Wednesday. Remember you can fill bottles and other containers with tap water at home ahead of any power outages.

It was a similar scene at the Statesville Walmart Tuesday morning where about 80 cases of water remained on the floor as 7:30. Employees were not allowed to speak with the media, but a vendor told WSIC another shipment may arrive Wednesday.

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