WFAE

Updated: 7:25 p.m.

There IS an end in sight. It’s just not anytime soon for those that need it the most.

Even though all tropical storm warnings have been cancelled, the persistent heavy rain and flash flooding from Tropical Storm Florence will continue for several more hours in portions of North and South Carolina.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper discusses Hurricane Florence Friday, Sept. 14.
UNC-TV

Updated: 9:30 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is reporting more than 790,000 power outages across the state as Tropical Storm Florence continues its slow track toward the western part of the state. 

NCDPS

Updated at 8:20 p.m.

Areas along the North Carolina coast are getting hit with hurricane-force winds, with some areas experiencing sustained winds of 82 miles per hour and gusts reaching up to 99 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Gov. Roy Cooper addresses the public with an update on Hurricane Florence Wednesday, Sept. 12.
UNC-TV

Updated at 6:45 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper continued to urge residents to prepare and evacuate ahead of Florence, which was downgraded to a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour.

National Weather Service

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke on Tuesday afternoon with WCNC-TV Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich about the projected path of Hurricane Florence, and how the storm might impact the Charlotte region.

Updated: 6:30 a.m.

The path of Hurricane Florence now appears to be south of Charlotte. WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich says that likely means more rain and increased threats of tornados. Meanwhile, Charlotte officials and hotels are busy preparing for the storm and the people who will be coming to Charlotte from the coast.

National Hurricane Center

Officials in North and South Carolina are urging residents to prepare for Florence, which has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 140 miles per hour.

Here are some steps you can take before and during the hurricane to keep you and your family safe, according to Ready.gov.

A top down look at Florence from the International Space Station.
NASA

The governors of North and South Carolina have ordered evacuations for residents on the coast of each state ahead of Hurricane Florence, which has intensified to a Category 4 hurricane.

To prepare for the hurricane and evacuation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has suggested a list of items to keep in the event of a disaster.

The projected rainfall of Florence over North and South Carolina.
NOAA

Updated: 5:45 p.m.

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham says when Florence comes ashore and slows down, more problems are expected inland with heavy rainfall and high winds.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Police have arrested and charged a man for assaulting, kidnapping and attempting to kill a woman in her Charlotte home Sunday night.

A woman was shot to death by her boyfriend in north Charlotte early Wednesday morning.

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