(WNCN) – Hurricane Fran slammed into North Carolina 19 years ago in 1996. The storm came ashore near Wilmington and moved right over the Triangle, causing flooding and widespread power outages.
Hurricane Joaquin is as strong as Fran, but that is where the similarities end.
Joaquin is not expected to come ashore in North Carolina, so the effects in central North Carolina will be minimal along the expected path.
The cone of uncertainty does extend west to our Outer Banks, so the storm will have to be watched as the predicted path can change. Either way, heavy flooding rain will probably occur along the Outer Banks as Joaquin passes by to the east.