The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Florence gains strength, may hit Southeast U.S. later this week

The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Florence gains strength, may hit Southeast U.S. later this week

Hurricane Florence, center left, heads toward the Atlantic seaboard, while Tropical Storms Isaac and Helene, at right, gain strength in the Atlantic Ocean.

A tropical storm that has been churning in the Atlantic for a week regained hurricane strength Sunday and was headed toward the Southeastern U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.

While it was too soon to project Hurricane Florence’s precise trajectory and timing, forecasters said areas from South Carolina up through Virginia should prepare for the storm, which could approach the coast on Thursday.

Florence was expected to turn into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with winds approaching 75 miles an hour. Coastal areas could face storm surges and flooding, while communities farther inland will be at risk of prolonged rainfall.

“Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday and is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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