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Hurricane Florence Downgraded to a Category 1 Storm But Still Dangerous

September 13, 2018

By Erin Thibeau

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm late Thursday night. However, it's still considered extremely dangerous and life-threatening.

The storm could bring catastrophic surge and flash flooding when it makes landfall.

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reports Florence is decreasing in strength but expanding in size, and it's projected to hit the Carolinas on Friday "with potentially catastrophic impacts, from damaging winds to flash flooding to widespread power outages."

The DMV should avoid the worst of the storm, with tropical conditions through the weekend.

While the area may receive a few brief showers and thunderstorms, "any real significant rainfall from Florence would be unlikely until early next week, if at all," Capital Weather Gang says.

Read more about the forecast here.

This story has been updated

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