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Here's how large Hurricane Florence is compared to Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - Hurricane Florence is gaining notoriety for its size as it makes its way toward the Carolinas.

The Category 2 storm is packing winds of 105 mph, and many are marveling at the size of the Atlantic hurricane. Florence is estimated at approximately 500 miles in diameter, which is longer than the 379 mile distance from the western extent of Kentucky to the eastern extent of the state.

The National Hurricane Center says hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center or approximately the distance from Lexington to Louisville. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. That's approximately the distance from Lexington to Evansville, Indiana.

Because of the size and slow-moving nature of Florence, some areas could receive up to 40 inches of rain.

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