LATEST: Tracking Hurricane Florence

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central South Carolina as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 21 mph (34 kph) on Friday morning in Columbia.

That's about 220 miles (354 kilometers) from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. Friday, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Wind gusts as high as 60 mph (96 kph) were recorded in the Myrtle Beach area.

The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 mph, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.

Forecasters say "it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland."

Top winds were holding at 90 mph -- that's just a Category 1 hurricane -- but some communities were already submerged in more than six feet of water as the storm drenched the coast.

A life-threatening storm surge is already occurring along portions of the N. Carolina coast and will continue throughout the day and night on Friday.

Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coast of North Carolina. Strong winds could also spread inland across both North and South Carolina.

This map shows you the probable path of the storm center for Hurricane Florence.

It says the threat of freshwater flooding will increase in coming hours and days from the storm's heavy rains.

People living in the path of the hurricane should have a hurricane plan in place and listen to any advice from officials regarding evacuations or curfews. Officials say if you haven't evacuated - it's too late.

This storm is calling for "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding over portions of the Carolinas and the east coast states.

Damaging winds are expected and could spread into Virginia.

Forecasters are also calling for large swells that can cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.

See the link below of a live stream at a harbor on Ocracoke, NC, the Outer Banks.

Also, on under Live Events, you can stay on top of the live radar for the storm.