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Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence is battering the coast of the Carolinas, bringing strong winds and heavy bands of rainfall. The National Hurricane Center is tracking this massive storm, which is bigger than the state of North Carolina. The winds for this storm are nearly 400 miles wide – which is the roughly the equivalent of driving from Milwaukee, WI to St. Louis, MO. More than 10 million residents in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under storm watches or warnings. About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches. The storm is expected to push up to 13 feet of storm surge and the forecast calls for as much as 40 inches of rain over seven days along the coastline.

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