Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2, but lots of rain and wind forecast for Columbia
Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane, according to the 11 p.m. Wednesday report from the National Hurricane Center.
The NHC said the storm is still expected to be “an extremely dangerous, life-threatening hurricane.”
It is forecast to move from the coast to the Columbia metro area, according to the National Weather Service. in Columbia.
A tropical storm watch “is in effect for Chesterfield, Lee, Sumter and Clarendon counties,” according to the NWS. A tropical storm watch would indicate “sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.” The NWS could add more Midlands counties to the warning area. The NWS also reported there’s a 60 percent chance for tropical storm force winds in the central Midlands.
There is also the threat of large amounts of rainfall.
The Midlands could get 6-10 inches of rain through the weekend, according to NWS Columbia. All the rain brings the potential for flooding.