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Florence becomes a hurricane; 2 other storms gain strength

East Coast. By 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) on Monday, Florence was about 1,240 miles (2,000 km) east-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina , and was a Category 4, the second-strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the NHC said. Met Service said neither of the storms are a threat to Jamaica. Given the uncertainty and time it takes to evacuate, officials in North Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Dare County and Hatteras Island.

TROPICS: Florence expected to produce damaging winds in Carolinas

Navy ships off Virginia's coast are getting ready to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane and one North Carolina university has cancelled classes. "Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid Atlantic for hundreds of miles as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland." Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm churning in the Atlantic ...