FIRST TO ALERT: Florence makes landfall Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

FIRST TO ALERT: Florence makes landfall Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

(WTVM) - Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 EDT this morning. Even though the storm is producing hurricane force winds on the lower end, the most devastating impacts from this storm will be due to water—powerful storm surge and torrential rain leading to widespread flooding thanks to the slow movement of Florence. Though the hurricane will weaken once moving farther inland, freshwater flooding will still be a major concern over the next 48 hours.

For us in the Valley, Florence will stay well northeast of us, so we will see fringe impacts at best later this weekend. Drier air wrapped around the backside of Florence will conversely bring us much drier weather over the next several days, with the extended dose of hot sunshine pushing afternoon highs into the mid 90s. On Sunday, some of our northeastern counties could see breezy conditions and a few stray showers as a result of Florence, but other than that, the forecast looks much more tranquil in comparison to our neighbors in the Carolinas. Rain chances stay slim until later next week when more moisture heads back into the Valley.

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