Florence weakens into Category 2 hurricane, but still life-threatening

Reuters | Published: September 13, 2018 09:56:47 | Updated: September 14, 2018 11:18:30

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station on Wednesday — NASA handout via Reuters

Hurricane Florence weakened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moved towards east coast of the United States, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday, but a life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall were still expected.

Florence was located about 325 miles (520 km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km per hour), the Miami, Florida-based weather forecaster said.

The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 mph (28 kph), the NHC said.

The centre of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added.


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