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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:15

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring 'Catastrophic' Flooding

(TNS) - The National Hurricane Center issued its first set of Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches Tuesday for the East Coast as Hurricane Florence continues its trek toward North Carolina.

The “extremely dangerous major hurricane” is predicted to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday morning, dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas and wind gusts in the 140 mph range, says the National Hurricane Center.

Part of the danger may come later in the week, due to increased fears Florence “will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and dangerous rainfall event Friday-Sunday,” says the Center on Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of about 130 mph, a slight weakening from earlier the morning.