Hurricane Florence's Projected Path Makes 'Unusual' Shift

The storm may turn left
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Hurricane Florence is still expected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but from there the path may be changing. USA Today reports the storm had been predicted to amble northward but may now instead slow and twist toward the left, putting South Carolina in greater jeopardy (see this map). "The NHC track has been adjusted southward ... and additional southward adjustment may be warranted in future advisories," the National Hurricane Center wrote in a Wednesday morning forecast discussion. Weather Channel host Greg Postel tweeted, "The scenario that #HurricaneFlorence stalls near the coast and then parallels it southwestward toward Georgia .... isn't unrealistic. I've never seen anything like this."

  • Indeed, the State reports the National Weather Service's Wednesday morning update showed the turn would happen after the storm made landfall, and it quotes Weather Channel meteorologist Jen Carfagno as describing the angle as "unusual."
  • CNN meteorologist Chad Myers' take following the updated advisory: "More people are involved in this now—especially even Myrtle Beach, because the storm was not (previously) forecast to turn left toward you."

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