How Hurricane Florence compares to Harvey

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Hurricane Florence has already claimed the lives of at least four people in North Carolina as the storm trudges further inland, according to the New York Times.

The storm, which made landfall earlier this morning as a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds of around 90 mph, threatens to move further along the east coast in the days ahead.

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Last year, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds, eventually leaving more than 75 people in Texas dead after rain drenched the region.  

The map above shows the wind reach of Harvey compared to the initial, and forecasted wind reach for Florence.

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The yellow area represents a wind value of roughly 34 mph, or tropical storm force winds. Orange represents a wind value of roughly 50 mph, or storm force winds. And red represents a wind value of 64 knots, or hurricane force winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Harvey dumped up to 56 inches of rain in the Houston area. The National Hurricane Center also predicts catastrophic flooding from Florence, which may bring up to 40 inches of rain in southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina.

Julian Gill is a digital reporter in Houston. Read him on our breaking news site,, and on our subscriber site, |