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Hurricane Florence: Forecasters Warn Of Life-threatening Surge

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  • Hurricane Florence: Forecasters Warn Of Life-threatening Surge

    Hurricane Florence - the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in nearly three decades - is expected to strengthen, forecasters warn.

    Officials says there is a chance of "life-threatening inundation from rising water" over the next 48 hours as Florence heads for the US East Coast.

    With sustained winds of about 140mph (225km/h), the weather system is currently a category four storm.

    It could make landfall on Friday, near Wilmington, North Carolina.

    Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.

    "This storm is a monster," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference on Tuesday. "It's big and it's vicious.

    "It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane."

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    Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday.