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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm.

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As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 mph.

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – SEPTEMBER 12: The outer bands of Hurricane Florence are visible as the storm approaches, on September 12, 2018 in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas as it approaches the coast Thursday and Friday.

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