Updated 3:07 p.m.

GREENSBORO — Rains from Hurricane Florence are slowly making their way to Guilford County. 

The storm made landfall at 7:15 a.m. today near Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds. 

Phil Badgett, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said Florence is moving a lot slower than forecasters expected, but will pick up speed Saturday night. 

"The rain, it's just barely getting in there now," Badgett said of Guilford County. 

Badgett said rain in the county will start slowly but get heavier overnight and into Saturday with the heaviest rains falling Saturday night and into Sunday. 

"It will start out fairly light and get heavier and heavier," Badgett said.

Guilford County is expecting 3-5 inches of rain and is under a flash flood watch through Sunday evening. 

The heaviest rains could fall Saturday night into Sunday as the storm begins to reverse and head west to east. Rains will taper off Sunday evening. 

"It's on it way and we could still have quite a bit of rain in the area," Badgett said. 

Wind gusts have been between 35-38 mph at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Gusts are expected to reach maximum speeds of 40 mph tonight and into tomorrow.

Sustained winds are expected to be between 25-30 mph through the weekend though the wind gusts will dissipate before Sunday. 

Badgett said as the ground becomes saturated and winds pick up speed, trees limbs and trees will begin to fall causing potential damage and power outages. 

Forecasters think the storm will move out of the area on Sunday, faster than expected. 

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

GREENSBORO — Flash flooding and power outages remained a significant concern for residents of Guilford County after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning. 

The storm struck at 7:15 a.m. today near Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds.

Those winds reached Guilford County last night and have increased this morning. The National Weather Service stated that wind speeds were around 28 mph at Piedmont Triad International Airport. 

The National Weather Services' latest weather briefing showed that central North Carolina was at risk for wind damage to trees, power lines and weaker structures. The winds will remain strong today and lessen through the weekend. 

The saturated ground and high winds could cause downed trees and power outages. 

Forecasters expect between 6-10 inches of rain to fall over Greensboro through the next seven days. 

Flash flooding will remain a concern today through Saturday. Guilford County is under a flash flood watch until 8 p.m. Sunday. 

As of 12:30 p.m. today, 631 Duke Energy customers were without power in Guilford County. 

GREENSBORO — Guilford County is under a flood watch through the weekend as Hurricane Florence makes its way to the coast.

The storm is approaching land at 6 mph and is 25 miles east of Wilmington.

“This is just the beginning,” said Brian Haines, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

Guilford County can expected showers and isolated thunderstorms throughout the day. Rains will begin as a fine mist or drizzle throughout the morning and become heavier this afternoon.

Guilford County is now expecting 5-8 inches of rain through the weekend.

Flash flooding is the biggest threat to Guilford County.

Haines said the amount of rain expected to fall can cause devastating and life-threatening floods.

Forecasters suggest staying home over the weekend or avoiding any roadway that a motorist can not see.

Wind gusts have already reached 30 mph at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Sustained winds are expected to stay around 20 mph with gusts around 35 mph.

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