September 14, 2018 / 3:41 PM / 2 months ago

Hurricane Florence moves inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina - NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Florence is located just inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina, bringing life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force wind gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

Florence is about 55 miles (90 kilometres) east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight and significant weakening is expected over the weekend while Florence moves farther inland, the NHC said.

Reporting by Karen Rodrigues in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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