September 14, 2018 / 3:27 AM / 9 days ago

Florence weakens to Category 1 hurricane: NHC

Sept 13 (Reuters) - Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with little change in strength expected before it moves inland on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

Florence is about 60 miles (95 km) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

More significant weakening was expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves inland, the NHC said.

Life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds are occurring along the North Carolina coast, with the threat of freshwater flooding seen increasing over the next several days, it added. (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru)

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