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Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States taken by cameras outside the International Space Station

Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States taken by cameras outside the International Space Station. (Source: NASA/Handout via REUTERS)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

Florence is expected to close in on the North Carolina coast on Friday — perhaps lingering just offshore — then drift southwest along the shoreline before turning inland on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, reported Reuters. (Source: Reuters)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

Hurricane Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to category 1 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength. In Pic: Brady Osborne ties freshly filled sandbags in Virginia Beach as Hurricane Florence moves towards the eastern shore. (Source: AP)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

The NHC warned that Florence still poses a deadly threat to a wide stretch of the US Eastern Seaboard, from southern Georgia into southern Virginia, capable of unleashing rain-fueled catastrophic flooding of rivers and low-lying areas. In Pic: Stewart Thomason places sandbags that he used for previous hurricanes and tarp to prevent the flooding from rain at his home on the Isle of Palms,S.C. ahead of Hurricane Florence. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

Nearly 1,000 flights have been cancelled through Friday due to the fast approaching Hurricane Florence. In Pic: A storm front passes homes in North Topsail Beach, N.C., prior to Hurricane Florence moving toward the east coast on Wednesday. (Source: AP)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

Nearly 1.7 million people have been ordered to immediately evacuate, both mandatorily and voluntarily. As over 10 million people reside in places currently under the scanner of storm watches and warnings. In Pic: Three North Carolina Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters land as part of storm preparation for Hurricane Florence at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina, (North Carolina Air National Guard/Handout via REUTERS)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

Hurricane Florence headed towards the US southeast coast, was expected to be a Category 4 storm, but now has weakened to a Category 2 storm, according to the US National Hurricane Center. In Pic: Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach. (Source: AP)

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Hurricane Florence becomes Category 2 storm, still poses grave threat

US Air Force personnel from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrive during a Hurricane Florence evacuation to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, U.S. September 11, 2018. (Source: US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Lillian Miller/Handout via REUTERS)

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