Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2, 450 kms away from US coast

Hurricane Florence seen from space 

A handout photo made available by NASA on 13 September 2018 shows Hurricane Florence seen from a camera outside the International Space Station (ISS), in space, Sep. 12, 2018, as the storm churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction. EPA-EFE/NASA

Washington DC, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Hurricane Florence weakened to Category 2 on Wednesday with winds up to 175 kilometers per hour (110mph) as it moves through the Atlantic towards the coast of United States and remains some 450 kilometers (around 310 miles) away.

In its last bulletin at 11 pm, the National Hurricane Center of the US said that the eye of Florence is 455 kilometers to the east-southeast of Wilmington in North Carolina and 520 kilometers away from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

Currently, the hurricane is moving in a northwesterly direction at 28 kph with maximum sustained winds of up to 175 kph.

In the last 24 hours, Florence – which had been carrying winds of 220 kph – has dropped two categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale: from 4 to 2, with the maximum being Category 5.

Despite its weakening, experts have warned about its potential to cause destruction.

«Little change in strength is expected (something that could occur between Friday evening and Saturday morning) before the center reaches the coast,» NHC said.

«Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday night and Friday,» added NHC.