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Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely risky and life-threatening storm.

On Wednesday, at the moment of the US National Hurricane Center announcement, Hurricane Florence was at about 335 miles (540 kilometers) away off the US East Coast, more specifically, right at the southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. Highways clogged with people fleeing North and SC early Wednesday as monstrous Category 4 Hurricane Florence rumbled toward the eastern U.S. as the biggest storm there in decades.

Hurricane Florence has been forecast to smash into North Carolina between Thursday and Friday but forecaster Janice Dean said there is uncertainty about the exact path the storm will take.

The US east coast is bracing for more than 40 inches of rain as Hurricane Florence barrels nearer to land. He said they have been preparing with their natural gas unit. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

The BBC reported: "The Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, North Carolina, is just a few miles from where Florence is expected to make landfall". Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro. Thousands of marines and their families evacuated from Camp Lejeune, leaving the rest to dig in ahead of what could be a direct hit.

The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations. "In this case, the coastline north of the center could experience storm surge during at least two 12-hour tidal cycles, rather than just one, and at least some surge could spread southwest with Florence", Henson wrote.


There is now a hurricane warning in effect from the Santee River in SC to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm, is barrelling towards the States causing panic across the country, and more than a million people have been evacuated in preparation for landfall.

Numerous beach communities expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence have livestreams to monitor the surf conditions.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all coastal SC counties on Monday. The rainfall and flood threat would remain extreme, and there could be a southwestward-propagating storm surge along the coast. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts.

The National Hurricane Center projects rainfall anywhere from 5 to 20 inches across SC.

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