Five reasons why Hurricane Florence is so dangerous

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By Holly Yan

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Around the same time Florence makes landfall, the steering winds pushing it forward will die down. In other words, this hurricane will basically stall -- pounding the same parts of the Carolinas over and over again.

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The area covered by Florence's hurricane-force winds has doubled -- meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 mph or greater.

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"[Florence] will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range," [CNN meteorologist Chad Myers] said.

To put things in perspective, any storm surge taller than 12 feet is "life-threatening," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

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Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well. That's because the longer this slow-moving hurricane hovers over land, the more rain it'll dump in the same places.

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The Carolinas will likely bear the brunt of Florence's wrath. But that part of the East Coast rarely sees major hurricanes.

And in the 29 years since Hurricane Hugo struck, the population of the coastal Carolinas has skyrocketed.

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