WATCH: Southeast U.S. Coastline Battens Down Hatches Ahead of Cat 4 Hurricane Florence

By  //  September 12, 2018

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ABOVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm will affect millions this week in the southeastern U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. (Fox News video)

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm will affect millions this week in the southeastern U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday,” the NHC says.

At 11 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 28.4 North, longitude 68.7 West. Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph. A motion toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected through early Thursday.

Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.

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Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Strengthening is forecast through Wednesday.

While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 946 mb.

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Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm will affect millions this week in the southeastern U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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