North Carolina Governor: “I believe that we have the resources we need to meet this crisis”

Little change in strength is expected before the eye of Hurricane Florence reaches the Carolina coast, with slow weakening expected after the center moves inland or meanders near the coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, “I believe that we have the resources we need to beat this crisis.”

Florence is located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Hurricane-force winds caused by Florence were getting closer to the North Carolina outer banks and coastal southeastern North Carolina, the NHC said, adding that life-threatening storm surge and rainfall was expected.

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