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Strengthening Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

10 September 2018

Florence intensified into a hurricane on Sunday. It was expected to strengthen rapidly as it churned across the Atlantic Ocean and threatened to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast by the end of the week.

With winds at 75 miles per hour, Florence became a Category 1 hurricane and was expected to develop into a major storm, defined as Category 3 or higher, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency, warning residents to prepare for a dangerous storm.