Flights cancelled in the US Southeast as Hurricane Florence approaches

Hurricane Florence The latest on path strength

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

Florence is forecast to make landfall near southeast North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane early Friday morning, "bringing extreme wind and sea conditions" reminiscent of a much stronger storm, meteorologists said.

Florence's top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 225kmh to 175kmh as its outer rain bands approached the North Carolina coast early on Thursday.

A 5 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center announced that storm surge warnings and hurricane warnings are in effect along the coastlines of North and SC, as life-threatening waves barrel toward the shores.

While Montreal remains warm and humid, cold air has filtered into western Canada, with the first snowflakes of the season across northern Alberta and B.C. At the same time, no less than 5 tropical systems are in the Atlantic basin, including powerful hurricane Florence. Coastal storm surge is expected to be as high as 13 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)". The hurricane, which has been downgraded from a category four storm to a category two, is not expected to weaken any further before it hits the coast.

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Most of those cancellations are tied to the approaching hurricane, now a Category 2 storm with winds expected onshore late Thursday at more than 80 miles per hour.

The American government is ready to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane but people should get out of the way, Trump said. "Don't play games with it". One was killed when connecting an electrical generator, and family members say another man was killed in a wind-related death when checking on dogs outside his property.

North Carolina has roughly 2,100 industrial-scale pork farms containing more than 9 million hogs.

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Airlines announced that change fees would be waived for travellers affected by the storm and in need of rebooking flights or postponing their travel until after the storm passes.

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A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however.

Governor Cooper said the hurricane was likely to "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. The worst of the storm will likely last into Monday for Charlotte before what's left of Florence will move to the north and west. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. Just because of the sheer size of it.

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