Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C as Category 1 storm

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Hurricane Florence made landfall between Wrightsville Beach and Myrtle Grove, North Carolina Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. At landfall, Florence was a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

Though landfall comes early Friday morning, the coastal Carolinas have been feeling the effects of Florence since Thursday morning when outer rain bands starting moving onshore.

24 hour rainfall totals from Thursday to Friday ranged from about five inches in Wilmington to almost 10 inches near Morehead City.

Florence is still expected to stay at Category 1 strength with winds above 74 mph until Saturday afternoon.

The father this system moves inland, the more Florence will weaken. Florence will likely stay at tropical storm status until Monday morning when the tropical system moves northwestward into Tennessee.

Over the next 24-72 hours, Florence will be moving very slowly over North and South Carolina.

Regardless of the categorical name of this tropical system, the impacts are far more significant.

Catastrophic rainfall is expected in both North and South Carolina, stretching from the coast to inland.

An additioaln 10-20 inches of rain is likely through Monday morning.

As Florence continues to travel west/southwest Saturday into Sunday, an increase in wind gusts will be felt in the state of Georgia.

Middle Georgia could have wind gusts up to 40 mph Sunday afternoon and evening.

Middle Georgia’s main concern this weekend will be potentially damaging winds.

Gusts up to 40 mph could knock some trees over and even create power outages.

Flooding rains will not be a big concern anymore. Some scattered showers and storms will be possible on Sunday, but rainfall totals should not go over one inch.

Also, the tornado threat remains low. However, with any tropical system, you can never rule out an isolated tornado as rain bands move inland.

The 41AccuWeather Team agrees that the timeline for Middle Georgia’s severe weather threat will be late Saturday through Monday morning.

Wind gusts leading to downed trees and/or power outages is the biggest threat.

To prepare for severe impact, follow Macon-Bibb’s EMA guidelines here. 

As always, the 41AccuWeather Team will provide you with the latest tropical updates on the air, 41NBC websiteFacebook and Twitter pages.

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.