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Hurricane Florence weakened slightly Tuesday morning, expected to regain strength

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The National Hurricane Center provided a complete undated forecast for Hurricane Florence at 5 a.m. Eastern time and an intermediate update at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

  • As of 8 a.m., the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 26.4 North and longitude 64.6 West, moving west-northwest at 15 mph. It is about 405 miles off the coast of Bermuda and 950 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina.

  • Storm surge and hurricane watches have been issued for parts of the U.S. east coast, from Edisto Beach, South Carolina northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

  • Hurricane Florence is still forecasted to approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina Thursday.

  • Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 130 mph with higher gusts. Florence is still a category 4 hurricane, and some re-strengthening is expected.

  • Hurricane force winds currently extend up to 40 miles from the center of the storm, with tropical-storm-force winds extending 150 miles out.

  • Florence is expected to produce 15 to 20 inches of accumulated rainfall, with isolated areas of up to 30 inches, in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

A storm surge watch means there is a possibility rising water could move inland from the coastline, creating life-threatening conditions. This watch remains in effect for at least the next 48 hours.

A hurricane watch is generally issued 48 before the first tropical-storm-force winds are anticipated. It signals to residents that it is time to make outside preparations before doing so becomes dangerous.

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Ashley Coker, Associate Editor

Ashley is interested in everything that moves, especially trucks and planes. She covers air cargo, trucking and sponsored content. She studied journalism at Middle Tennessee State University and worked as an editor and reporter at two daily newspapers before joining FreightWaves. Ashley spends her free time at the dog park with her beagle, Ruth, or scouring the internet for last minute flight deals.

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