At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Florence was located near latitude 33.7 North, longitude 80.8 West. Florence is moving toward the west near 6 mph (9 km/h). A turn toward the northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected today, followed by a turn toward the north and northeast with an additional increase in forward speed on Monday. On the forecast track, Florence's center will move across the western Carolinas today and then recurve over the Ohio Valley and Northeast U.S. Monday and Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast while the center moves farther inland, and Florence is expected to become a tropical depression this morning. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km) to the east of the center near the coast and over water. A sustained wind of 35 mph (65 km/h) with a gust to 44 mph (82 km/h) was reported at the Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The estimated minimum central pressure based on nearby surface observations is 999 mb (29.50 inches).