According to the latest projections by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday morning, Hurricane Florence is expected to stay further south of the Maryland, Virginia and DC areas.
The storm is still rated a Category 4 with 130 MPH winds as of the latest advisory at 11am Wednesday.
As Florence approaches the Carolina coasts, it's expected to remain a Cat 4 or 3 and only drop to a 2 before making its way inland somewhere in South Carolina. Because of major high pressure dominating the North East and Midwestern parts of the country, Florence will be hard pressed to move further inland.
The storm is expected to stall and continue to dump enormous amounts of rain across the Carolinas, Georgia and the Appalachians. That region can expect catastrophic flooding as some areas could see upwards of 30 inches of rain.
Below is the current rainfall forecast from the National Weather Service.