Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast

(AP) – Hurricane Florence is rapidly intensifying and could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4, forecasters said. The first impacts were already being seen Monday on a barrier island, as seawater flowed over a coastal road.

A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 mph Sunday evening after crossing the 74 mph threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane earlier in the day.

Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely dangerous major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

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