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Hurricane Florence is powering toward the US and could cause “catastrophic” flooding with a combination of 40 inches of rain and a 13-foot storm surge.

The storm is due to hit somewhere around the border between North and South Carolina on Saturday, according to the latest information from the National Hurricane Center.

Its effects will be felt well before then, according to the latest track, which predicts that the hurricane will hover just off-shore for more than 24 hours before hitting land.

The center’s latest prediction, published 5 a.m. Wednesday, indicates that the eye of the storm is expected to hit the coast over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

A stock photo of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a popular vacation destination.
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The track had shifted 12o miles southward from advisories on Tuesday, which suggested the storm could make landfall in North Carolina at either Swansboro or Sneads Ferry, towns close to the city of Jacksonville.

The National Hurricane Center’s predictions are subject to change, and the “track” of the storm, seen in the map below, could shift significantly.

The center predicts only a few fixed points where it believes the storm will be, and the rest of the track is created by drawing straight lines between them. The likely destination of the storm is usually expressed as a cone to reflect this uncertainty.

A map showing the likely track of Hurricane Florence, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update on Wednesday. The pink, red, and yellow areas show extreme weather warnings.
National Hurricane Center.

For more on Hurricane Florence:

Read Business Insider’s reporting on the evacuation operation as the storm approaches.

Read our overall report on the hurricane’s progress.

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