Virgina

Common Dreams staff
Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm, NOAA's National Hurricane Center announced at noon on Monday. Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter indicate that Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen and has maximum sustained winds near 130 mph. (Photo: NOAA)
With sustained winds of nearly 130 mph and now what NOAA considers a "major" hurricane, one meteorologist declared: "Holy... Florence is a beast."