Hurricane ‘Florence’: Outer rain bands approaching North Carolina coast
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The National Hurricane Center said the outer rain bands of Hurricane Florence are approaching the coast of North Carolina.
Early Thursday the Category 2 was about 325 kilometers (205 miles) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 405 kilometers (250 miles) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The gradually slowing but still life-threatening storm is moving northwest at 24 kilometers per hour (15 mph). Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast. Weakening is expected after the center moves inland.
The Miami-based center said the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later Thursday. It then will move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area later Thursday and Friday. /kga
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