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Florence turns into a hurricane while advancing towards US' southeast coast

Storm-force winds could begin buffeting the Carolina coast by Wednesday night, NHC forecasts showed

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Packingmaximumsustainedwindsof140kph,FlorencerankedasaCategory1hurricaneandwasexpectedtogetlargerasitdevelopsbyMondayintoamajorhurricane,definedasCategory3orhigheronthefive-stepSaffir-Simpsonscale.Florence,thesixthtropicalstormintheAtlanticbasinthisyear,intensifiedintoahurricaneonSundayandwillrapidlygainforceasitchurnsovertheopenoceantowardtheUSEastCoast,withlandfalllikelyintheCarolinaslaterthisweek,forecasterssaid.