US Navy Evacuates Ships, 200 Troops Activated Ahead of Hurricane Florence

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Florence has already gained strength to become a Category 3 hurricane but could become a Category 4 with maximum sustained winds by the time it reaches North Carolina.

The US state of North Carolina has activated 200 members of its national guard ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the state’s Governor Roy Cooper said in a press briefing on Monday.

“We have 200 national guard troops that have been activated and we have many more who are there and ready to serve and to be activated when we need them,” Cooper told reporters.

In the meantime, the US Navy decided to withdraw 30 ships based in Norfolk, Virginia, ahead of the hurricane, ABC News reported on Monday, citing the military.

In addition, authorities of states that could be in the trajectory of the hurricane have warned residents to be ready for evacuation.

Florence has already gained strength to become a Category 3 hurricane but could become a Category 4 with maximum sustained winds of 130-156 miles per hour by the time it reaches North Carolina late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Cooper said.

“Satellite data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts — a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a press…

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