Hurricane Florence: Warnings of life-threatening surge

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Hurricane Florence – the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in nearly three decades – is expected to strengthen, say forecasters.

Officials warn there is a chance of “life-threatening inundation from rising water” over the next 48 hours as Florence heads for the US East Coast.

With sustained winds of about 140mph (225km/h), the weather system is currently a category four storm.