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Hurricane Florence weakens slightly, still larger than S.C. and N.C. combined

Storm larger in size than S.C. and N.C. combined (Source: National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center)

The National Hurricane Center issued a fresh update on Hurricane Florence at 2:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are 110 mph, making it a category 2 hurricane.

It is not expected to change much in intensity before approaching land, First Warning Meteorologist Emily Gracey said.

Hurricane Florence is just over 200 miles from the coastline of North and South Carolina. It was moving toward the northwest with a gradual turn towards the west expected near landfall.

While it has weakened, Florence is still quite large; hurricane force winds extend 80 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend nearly 200 miles from the center.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division says Hurricane Florence is larger than South Carolina and North Carolina combined.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolina, but some uncertainty remains and the Lowcountry will likely see impacts both before and after landfall.

Tropical storm force winds will be possible starting later in the day on Thursday. Heavy rain continues to be the biggest threat through in the Lowcountry the weekend.

An updated track from the National Hurricane Center is expected at 5:00 a.m.

The storm was already downgraded to a 'Category 2' as of the 11:00 p.m. update on Wednesday.

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