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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

Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kph, ranked as a Category 1 and was expected to get larger as it develops by Monday into a major hurricane, defined as Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.Florence, the sixth tropical storm in the basin this year, intensified into a on Sunday and will rapidly gain force as it churns over the open ocean toward the US East Coast, with landfall likely in the Carolinas later this week, forecasters said.

First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 15:23 IST