Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Kenneth P. Rapuano and Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and commander, U.S. Northern Command, brief the media on Department of Defense preparations for Hurricane Florence.
Florence's top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140 mph to 105 mph early Thursday, reducing Florence from a Category 4 to a Category 2 hurricane. But forecasters warned that the widening storm -- and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day after day -- will bring surging ocean water and torrential rain.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he knows many people are watching the changing storm predictions and categories, and he's concerned because some are even saying that "North Carolina is getting a break."
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