West Point area could start to feel effects of Hurricane Florence Thursday

The area could be subject to life-threatening flooding caused by Hurricane Florence despite lowered rainfall projections, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm, could become stronger Wednesday. The storm is expected to slow down as it approaches the North Carolina-South Carolina coast, which makes landfall timing less certain, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is moving west, northwest at 17 miles per hour. Rainfall is now projected at up to 4 inches for the upper Peninsula. Tropical storm conditions could develop in the West Point area Thursday.

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The West Point area could begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence as early as Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the West Point area, according to the National Weather Service. Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall around Wilmington, N.C. Saturday morning, according to a National Weather Service projection released at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds of around 130 miles per hour.

The Eltham Bridge has a scheduled opening around 8 a.m. Wednesday for a vessel seeking shelter from the storm. Route 30 traffic will be stopped for approximately 15 minutes, according to a Virginia Department of Transportation tweet.

This story will be updated as more information is made available.

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