CHARLESTON, SC (WSCC) - The Carolinas could be hit with a forecasted category 4 Hurricane as early as Thursday. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Florence during Sunday's 11am Advisory to a hurricane. The storm re-strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane with current winds at 75mph.
Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi, with the National Hurricane Center, told iHeartRadio it could very well hit the Carolinas.
"Our forecast continues to show Florence moving westward, and then west-northwestward during the next several days, and by the end of our forecast period, which takes you through to about the middle to latter portion of next week, is when we show Florence getting very near the East Coast of the United States; our forecast now has it basically encompassing the Carolinas."
Governors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have already declared states of emergency for Friday and Saturday.
FLORENCE UPGRADED TO HURRICANE— Bill Walsh (@BILLWALSHTV) September 9, 2018
The environment ahead of Florence will fuel the storm! Now until landfall, warm waters & weak upper-level winds will allow this storm to intensify to a CAT 4 quickly. A landfall along the Carolina coast is possible Thursday. pic.twitter.com/5CFO5UfMgw