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.