- Officials in Carolinas warn residents to prepare for impact
- South Carolina and Virginia declare a state of emergency
Forecasters said Tropical storm Florence turned into a hurricane and was swirling toward the US east coast for what could be a direct hit on Friday. At category one status on Sunday, it was predicted to reach category four status, with winds of 130mph or more, while moving over the Atlantic.
On Sunday morning the storm’s sustained winds reached 75mph, just over the threshold for a hurricane, as it was about 750 miles south-east of Bermuda. It was moving west at 6mph.