As Hurricane Florence gathered strength and churned toward the U.S. East Coast, the National Hurricane Center warned Monday that conditions could be life-threatening.
Storm surges are expected on the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, along with major flooding that could be fatal. Hurricane-force winds are also predicted in the Carolinas.
But how does Florence compare to recent hurricanes that hit the U.S.?
Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 115 miles per hour. The storm is about 1,240 miles from the coast of North Carolina and is expected to approach the East Coast on Thursday and make landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, both Category 4 storms, caused a total of about $215 billion in damage.
The past five hurricanes to hit the U.S. have resulted in significant loss of life and caused over $276 billion in damage, according to reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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