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Hurricane Florence strengthening as it heads toward East Coast

by Daniel Manzo and Dan Peck 10 Sep 09:08 UTC
Florence continues to strengthen and an eye is beginning to form which is now visible on satellite © ABC News

Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday morning by the National Hurricane Center.

Florence is now classified as a Category 1 hurricane, and is currently expected to hit the southeastern coast of the U.S.

Governors in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency over the past two days in anticipation of the storm.

At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Florence is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane with winds that could reach up to speeds of 150 mph.

"Assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina," said McMaster, urging South Carolinians to prepare for the worst. Eight hundred members of the National Guard have been activated in the state.

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