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Tracking the flood threat from Florence

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The threat of flooding due to Hurricane Florence is increasing, especially near rivers and in the mountain areas.

The latest forecast track for Hurricane Florence from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm slowly moving onto the North Carolina coast Friday morning near Wilmington, and then moving slowly westward across South Carolina this weekend. The center of circulation will then cross the mountains into east Tennessee by Monday morning.

This track has the potential to produce between four and eight inches of rainfall over the mountains of western North Carolina.

That could potentially result in flooding along rivers draining out of western North Carolina into east Tennessee, such as the French Broad, Pigeon, Hiwassee, Little Tennessee, and Nolichucky Rivers.

Three to five inches of rain are also possible near the headwaters of the Watauga, Holston, and Clinch Rivers of far northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, which could produce sharp rises on them.

TVA says that water levels at all TVA lakes are now being lowered faster than normal to create flood storage. When the remnants of the storm arrives, the plan is to reduce releases from the tributary reservoirs to minimize downstream impacts.

Keep informed of the latest information on the track of Hurricane Florence as this flood threat develops.

We will have updates on-air, online, and in our mobile apps through next week.

Latest forecast at WCYB.com/weather.

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