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Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast

Hurricane Florence Intensifies As It Barrels Toward US East Coast

Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour maximum-sustained winds as it swirls toward the U.S. East Coast.

It was centered about 1,230 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph. It will approach the southeastern United States on Thursday. Large swells generated by Olivia will also likely increase throughout the week and may become damaging on some exposed east-facing shores Tuesday or Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence is expected to slam into the coast around North and SC as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane on Thursday or Friday. "Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday".

The potential effects of Florence had higher education officials at different area schools saying Monday that they're following the storm's track. By 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Florence became a major hurricane, with top sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

Mike Sprayberry, director of the state Division of Emergency Management, said the storm could have statewide impacts, from storm surge and high winds along the coast to flooding inland.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared emergencies. Most other reports are using the word "catastrophic", in keeping with how the National Hurricane Center describes a Category 4 hurricane: "catastrophic damage will occur".

Further out in the Atlantic, two storms - Helene and Isaac - gained hurricane force on Sunday.

Heavy rain in the Washington area over the weekend has already led to flooding in historic Alexandria, Virginia, local media reported, and the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for part of the Potomac River.

Communities in North and SC, and Virginia are preparing themselves for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence, which is forecasted to hit hard late Thursday or early Friday (September 13 and 14).

NHC director Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas - which could have devastating consequences for residents, reported the Independent.

One person said "God will deliver us". SC has been hit by three Category 4 storms: Hazel; Gracie, in 1959; and Hugo, in 1989.

In Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut - a Category 4 storm - narrowly missed dealing a direct blow to the island.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane".

A third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Isaac is holding steady in strength over the Atlantic as it heads westward.


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