Florence now a monster Category 4 hurricane; NC Gov. Cooper: ‘We are in the bull’s-eye’

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Hurricane Florence is located about 1,085 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear as of 11 p.m. Monday. It has maximum sustained winds of 140 mph and is moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

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The hurricane has been rapidly strengthening all day. The latest minimum central pressure is 944 mb.

Florence is forecasted to remain an "extremely dangerous major hurricane" through Thursday, the day when it's expected to reach the East Coast. During a press conference Monday morning, Gov. Roy Cooper the state is "in the bull's-eye" of the storm.

The center of the hurricane was forecast to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the southeastern coast of the US on Thursday as a Category 3 storm or higher, according to the hurricane center.

Large swells generated by Florence are already affecting Bermuda and portions of the East Coast and will continue this week, the hurricane center said.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents," the National Hurricane Center said.