It moves with sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour
Despite the drop in intensity, it represents a “mortal danger”
Hurricane Florence has weakened to Category 1 with maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour and is about to touch the US coast, reports the National Hurricane Center (NHC). In its last bulletin, it indicates that Florence lost another category of intensity on the Saffir-Simpson scale but with very intense winds.
Florence, which became a category 4 hurricane -from a maximum of 5-48 hours ago with maximum sustained winds of up to 220 kilometers per hour, is now category 1, but could cause floods and waterspouts with accumulation of up to meter high in some areas.
At this time (8:00 GMT), the eye of Florence is located 45 kilometers east of Wilmington (North Carolina), where more than 100,000 people live.
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Hurricane #Florence 4 am EDT Update. Eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast.
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The hurricane moves northwestward at a speed of 9 kilometers per hour with maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Despite the drop in intensity, the NHC warned that the hurricane winds and the storm that accompanies them represent a “deadly danger.”
A Spanish resident in North Carolina, Rosa Lopez, expressed in the microphones of RNE their anxiety about the situation.
The morning of RNE with Íñigo Alfonso – Rosa López, Spanish in North Carolina: “We do not know what will happen”
The NHC’s predictions indicate that Florence could make landfall in the next 24 hours and that it will then cross the Carolinas throughout the weekend before weakened the Appalachians heading north early next week.
HURRICANE FLORENCE, IN IMAGES
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Hurricane Florence is approaching
Storm in Myrtle Beach in South Carolina that precedes the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
North and South Carolina prepare for the hurricane
RIVER BEND, NC – SEPTEMBER 13: A truck drives through deep water after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded the street during Hurricane Florence September 13, 2018 in River Bend, North Carolina. Some parts of New Bern could be flooded with a possible 9-foot storm arises as the Category 2 hurricane approaches the United States. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP
Power company Duke Energy has indicated that the hurricane could cause power outages that would affect between one and three million homes in North and South Carolina. The company has reinforced with 3,000 workers its staff of 20,000 professionals to restore the supply once the worst of the hurricane has passed. On the other hand, more than 1,000 flights have been canceled by Florence, according to local media.