Florida starts to feel the spin-off of Hurricane Florence
As Hurricane Florence’s path edges farther south, Florida’s Atlantic coastline is preparing for a beating.
The center of the storm is still projected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but its effects on Florida are likely to increase, especially if it stalls along the coast before moving ashore.
Florence is expected to stay north of Florida, which will keep heavy rains away from the state, and it should stay far enough away that lessens the effect of wind, too.
In Jacksonville, the National Weather Service predicts the area will see winds between 15 mph and 30 mph. There’s a 20 percent chance or less that portions of Northern and Central Florida will experience tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or more.
There is a coastal flood advisory in effect for the Jacksonville area until 8 p.m. Friday. That is due to a combination of the higher seas caused by Florence and the seasonal king tides now taking place.