Category 4 Hurricane Florence Quickly Heads Toward Eastern United States

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Residents of the eastern United States — particularly the Carolinas and Virginia — are bracing for a hurricane, as Hurricane Florence gathers power while forming over the Atlantic.

Florence’s maximum sustained winds are currently clocking in at 209km/h (130 mph) with higher gusts expected to come, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). While national reconnaissance aircraft noted this morning the hurricane weakened slightly, it’s expected to strengthen again later today.

At the time of this writing using the latest information from the NWS, the storm is 651 kilometers (405 miles) south of Bermuda. Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the region of the Carolinas and Virginia late Thursday or early Friday.

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