Hurricane Florence shifts south as Georgia and Carolinas hunker down


WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) – Fears about Hurricane Florence spread south on Wednesday, with Georgia declaring a state of emergency after officials in the Carolinas urged people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm’s expected pounding winds and rain-driven floods.

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day. Its trajectory showed its centre most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early…



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