Hurricane Florence expected to cause ‘life-threatening storm surge’

Storm is generating winds of 110mph as more than 1.5m people ordered to evacuate from areas of North and South Carolina

By Erin Durkin | The Guardian | September 13, 2018

 

Forecasters have warned that Hurricane Florence remains a deadly weather event as wind and rain lashed North Carolina in the first signs of the storm’s arrival near land early on Thursday.

Florence was downgraded to a category 2 hurricane, from a category 4, but was still generating sustained winds of 105mph and expected to cause “life-threatening storm surge and rainfall”, according to the National Hurricane Center.