Hurricane Florence is poised to affect more than 10 million this week in the southeastern U.S. as it made landfall early Friday morning near Wrightsville, North Carolina.
Once a powerful Category 4 storm, Florence was downgraded to a slow-moving Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall along the coast of the Carolinas. However, forecasters warn the storm could bring catastrophic storm surges and cause devastating flooding.
Here’s what you need to know about Florence and its path.
The storm is about 20 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina and 55 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the NHC said Friday in an 11 a.m. ET advisory.
The storm is moving west-southwest at 3 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles," the NHC said.
The center also spoke about the storm's potential for powerful storm surges.
"The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline," the NHC said.
Water levels could reach as high as 11 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
A hurricane warning is in effect from the South Santee River in South Carolina to Bogue Inlet, North Carolina. The Pamlico Sound in North Carolina is also under a hurricane warning.
A hurricane watch is in effect from Edisto Beach to the South Santee River in South Carolina.
Aside from dangerous flooding, the storm could also bring tornadoes in eastern North Carolina.
"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" President Trump said ahead of the storm's landfall.
Fox News' Madeline Farber, Amy Lieu, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.