Hurricane Florence is still expected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but from there the path may be changing. USA Today reports the storm had been predicted to amble northward but may now instead slow and twist toward the left, putting South Carolina in greater jeopardy (see this map).
"The NHC track has been adjusted southward ... and additional southward adjustment may be warranted in future advisories," the National Hurricane Center wrote in a Wednesday morning forecast discussion.
Weather Channel host Greg Postel tweeted, "The scenario that #HurricaneFlorence stalls near the coast and then parallels it southwestward toward Georgia .... isn't unrealistic. I've never seen anything like this."
The pause and turn is currently predicted to happen late Friday; CNN notes it's possible landfall won't occur until Saturday (again, this map shows the storm only moving a short distance between 2am Friday and 2am Saturday).
It repeats the National Hurricane Center's warning: "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion."
For the storm to be classified Category 5, they'd need to hit 157mph.
That would outpace Hurricane Katrina ($161 billion in losses) and Hurricane Harvey ($125 billion).
Wind damage is usually covered, but it notes that in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many insurers tweaked their policies to bump up deductibles and limit coverage, especially in the event the damage is caused by a hurricane.
This article originally appeared on Newser: Hurricane Florence's Projected Path Makes 'Unusual' Shift