Florence weaker, tropical update

Satellite and radar imagery of Hurricane Florence running into North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence weakened but is a slow mover and will produce flooding rains. Heading into Friday, the storm is beating up the North Carolina coast with hurricane force winds, heavy rain and storm surge.

The National Hurricane Center says, "Nearly all of the track models agree that Florence will turn westward or west-southwestward during the next 36 hours, bringing the hurricane's center inland over extreme southern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Friday night."

Low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico is running out of time to develop. A 50 percent formation chance is forecast as it heads toward Texas where rainy weather is expected either way.

Isaac is barely a tropical storm and is forecast to weaken further. Entrance into the Gulf of Mexico is not out of the question while complete dissipation is also possible.

Helene and Joyce will remain far out to sea and pose no threat.

With the WEAR-TV area between Florence and low pressure over the Gulf, the weekend is looking hot and dry with calm winds. Highs will reach low 90s. Lows will be in the 70s.

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