Latest Hurricane Florence Spaghetti Model, Path, Forecast, Map: Storm Could Bring Catastrophic Flooding Inland After Landfall in Carolinas

The latest spaghetti models released Friday showed the potential path and forecast for Hurricane Florence in the coming days. Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning as a Category 1 storm, lashing the region with high winds and rain.

The red line shown in the model represented the official National Hurricane Center forecast, showing Florence moving westward, then northwest before veering northeast through West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The GFS model, shown via a blue line, depicted the hurricane in a more roundabout path, moving northwest through Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Hurricane Florence Spaghetti Model Path Forecast The latest spaghetti models map shows the storm could veer northeast after making landfall in North Carolina. The red line is the official NOAA/National Hurricane Center forecast track. stormvistawxmodels.com

Florence’s speed has decreased in recent days, meaning it will stick around the Carolinas at least into Saturday. Despite the storm’s weakened winds, which still reached upward of 90 mph, the storm was still set to bring immense amounts of rain. The torrential rain means the storm could bring catastrophic flooding, even further inland. A map released by AccuWeather showed that “extreme” levels of flooding were likely even in western parts of North Carolina.

See the latest update on Hurricane Florence’s track, path and areas affected by the storm.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said rain was expected in the state for several more days. Emergency management officials said in an update that they expected a “historical” flooding.

“The life-threatening inland flood hazard will continue for days, even after it is no longer a tropical storm,” the National Hurricane Center said.

A storm surge topping 10 feet was reported in parts of North Carolina on Friday morning. Some 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern after floodwaters inundated the town, the National Weather Service said. Two out-of-state FEMA teams were dispatched on a water rescue, with more on the way, the National Weather Service said, urging people to get to higher stories as they awaited rescue.

North Carolina National Guard Major General Gregory Lusk said more than 500 activated National Guard soldiers and airmen were already responding to calls in the state. There have not yet been any fatalities related to the storm, though authorities warned the situation could change as Florence lingers.

Hurricane Florence Inland Flooding The National Hurricane Center warned that Florence could bring severe flooding inland. NHC