September 12, 2018 / 9:11 AM / 4 months ago

Extremely dangerous hurricane Florence nears U.S. coast: NHC

Heather Samson, owner of Beach Beads and Glass Studio, uses spray paint to leave messages on hurricane shutters at her business ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Randall Hill

(Reuters) - Hurricane Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast, while some weakening is expected on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Wednesday.

The category 4 hurricane is located about 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour), it said.

“The center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas today, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday,” the NHC said.

Reporting by Sumita Layek in Bengaluru; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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