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Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall along the US Atlantic coast tonight or tomorrow. While coastal Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are expected to be the hardest hit, anyone who lives along the US Eastern seaboard should be keeping a close eye on the storm’s progress.

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Hurricane Florence is hitting the US East Coast, whipping through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and you can watch it from several webcams. Above (WARNING: Very loud wind) is the view from Frying Pan Tower, 55km off the coast of Cape Fear, NC, where the wind is shredding the flag. More live cams below.

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If you live near a coast in the US, you've probably been biting your nails as Irma was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane, and the category numbers climbed. But what do the categories mean, exactly?

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The Red Cross is probably the best-known emergency relief organisation in the US -- but it's not necessarily the best. Accusations of mismanagement have plagued their responses to national and international disasters, and their name recognition (and easy text message donation system) can obscure worthy local and grassroots organisations.