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4 reasons Florence is a beast like no other

(CNN)Even for a major hurricane, Florence is a beast like no other. A perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence could deal a devastating blow to the Southeast. Here's why this hurricane is especially dangerous: 1. Its brute force Florence catapulted from a Category 2 to a Category 4 hurricane over the span of several hours. Even scarier: It could get more intense as it gets closer to the Carolinas. "This storm is going to get stronger before it makes landfall," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. As of Tuesday morning, Florence was hurling 130-mph winds. Before it pummels the US coastline, Florence could become close to a Category 5 storm -- meaning winds could approach 157 mph. 2. The deadly walls of waterAstonishing winds ...