Hurricane Florence strengthens, heads towards southeast US

hurricane-florence-ap This enhanced satellite image shows tropical storm Florence in the Atlantic Ocean | AP

Tropical storm Florence which was upgraded to a hurricane, is expected to grow 'extremely dangerous' as it approaches the southeast coast of the United States on Monday.

“Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday,” the National Hurricane Centre said in an advisory issued on Sunday. The states of North and South Carolina and Virginia which could be hit have already issued emergency declarations, urging residents to make preparations.

“This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances,” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in issuing his state’s emergency declaration.

According to reports, Florence is expected to turn into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with winds approaching 85 miles per hour. The coastal areas could also face storm surges and flooding, while inland areas are likely to experience heavy and continuous rainfall.