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Florence strengthens into Category Four, aims for North Carolina

Florence has strengthened further into a Category Four hurricane in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said as North Carolina ordered evacuations of the Outer Banks barrier islands.

Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane to threaten the eastern United States this year, is located about 1,230 miles (1,985 km) east southeast of Cape Fear in North Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (195 km/h), the NHC said.

Florence strengthens into Category Four, aims for North Carolina

Florence strengthens into Category Four, aims for North CarolinaFlorence has strengthened further into a Category Four hurricane in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday (September 10) as North Carolina ordered evacuations of the Outer Banks barrier islands.Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane to threaten the eastern United States this year, is located about 1,230 miles (1,985 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear in North Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (195 km/h), the NHC said.Hurricane-force winds could buffet the Carolinas by Wednesday night with landfall likely in South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday, followed by heavy rains that could cause flooding in much of the U.S. Southeast, the NHC said. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina all declared states of emergency.The NHC also was tracking two other hurricanes farther out in the Atlantic.

Posted by NTV Houston on Monday, September 10, 2018

Hurricane-force winds could buffet the Carolinas by Wednesday night with landfall likely in South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday, followed by heavy rains that could cause flooding in much of the U.S. Southeast, the NHC said. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina all declared states of emergency.

The NHC also was tracking two other hurricanes farther out in the Atlantic.

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