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Projected path of Hurricane Florence continues to track farther south, NC remains at ‘life-threatening’ risk

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The projected path of Hurricane Florence continues to track farther south, according to the midday Wednesday report from the National Hurricane Center.

North Carolina still faces life-threatening storm surge along the NC coast.

"This storm will bring in more rain that Hurricane Matthew did," said FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd.

Winds will be at least 100 mph as the storm approaches the coast.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said at a Wednesday morning news conference: "North Carolina my message is clear, disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in."

Cooper said he has authorized more North Carolina National Guard soldiers to report for duty.

"By 7 p.m. tonight, 2,800 soldiers will be on active duty joined by even more on standby."

IF the track stays on track to the south, the Piedmont Triad would only see 1-2 inches of rain, Byrd said. She said, though, that if the track continues to the north, the Triad could see as much as 6 to 10 inches.

"Rain chances are looking a little lower here in the Piedmont Triad IF the track holds where it is," she said.

She warns, however, that the forecasted track could shift again.

The forecast past Saturday is very unpredictable.

"No matter where this storm comes ashore it will have widespread, significant impact in North Carolina," Cooper said.

The hurricane speed dropped slightly to 125 mph, putting it a Category 3 hurricane as of the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. Wednesday update.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina
* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico
Rivers

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina
* North of Duck North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina
* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* North of Duck North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light
Virginia
* Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort