Hurricane Florence downgrades to a Category 1 as it closes in on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence closes in on North Carolina (WPEC)

Hurricane-force winds are closing in on the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approaches, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 p.m., the now Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and is moving northwest at 6 mph, the NHC said. The center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday. Florence will then recurve across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Little change in strength is expected before Florence moves inland Friday, the NHC said. The storm is forecast to slowly weaken over the weekend and into early next week. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

Subtropical depression Joyce became a tropical storm Thursday night, the NHC said. Joyce is 1,040 miles west-southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is forecast to gradually turn toward the northeast on Friday, then accelerate over the weekend.

For the very latest storm information and interactive tracking map, visit the CBS12 Hurricane Center.

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