Tropical Storm Florence has ripped through the Carolinas, causing immense flooding and at least 17 deaths, and will continue to churn in a northeasterly direction up the Atlantic Coast.

Hurricane-force winds moved onto the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Florence made landfall around 7:15 a.m. Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach.

According to CBS News, at least 17 people are reported dead as a result of the storm.

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Some 523,000 homes and businesses are still without power in North and South Carolina as of 5 a.m. Monday. No power outages in Georgia are being associated with the storm.

Latest info

Winds in Florence are currently at 30 mph and is moving northwest at only around 2 mph.

Metro Atlanta & North Georgia impacts

No major impacts are currently expected for North Georgia from Florence, however, the potential for rain from Florence is increasing in Georgia and metro Atlanta.

Metro Atlanta Timeline

Monday - Scattered rain Tuesday - Scattered rain
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Any rain from Florence in metro Atlanta won't be significant, and not nearly as much as what's expected along the Carolina coast.

Atlanta Motor Speedway opens its doors

The Atlanta Motor Speedway has opened its campgrounds for those evacuating due to Florence.

If you want to help the Red Cross restock their shelves, the best thing you can do is send a financial donation to them by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting redcross.org or texting Florence to 90999

The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites are also offering refuge for those evacuating because of Florence. Campsites and cottages are still available and “Dry camping” outside of normal camping areas is available for no charge. Our Group Shelters are also open to those fleeing the storm. Contact park offices directly for assistance. To view park locations, visit HERE.

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Forecast

Life-threatening storm surge is expected along the coasts, along with life-threatening flooding well inland. Some locations can see up to 40 inches of rain along the Carolina coasts.

Why is Florence moving toward the US?

Florence is currently moving around an area of high pressure that has developed in the western Atlantic ocean. Since the wind flows clockwise around areas of high pressure, Florence is being steered clockwise around the high and toward the U.S.

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Strongest hurricane of season

A total of 10 storms have developed so far this season, with five hurricanes and one major hurricane. A hurricane becomes a major (category 3) hurricane once winds reach 111 mph.

Florence is actually the lone major hurricane of the season so far as it was initially a category 4 hurricane in the open Atlantic before weakening and now restrengthening again.

The peak of hurricane season was Sept. 10, although hurricane season doesn't end until Nov. 30.

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