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Data: National Hurricane Center; Chart: Chris Canipe and Laz Gamio/Axios

Hurricane Florence is on track for an unprecedented collision with the Carolinas, where it threatens to bring a deadly mix of storm surge flooding, high winds and catastrophic inland flooding.

The big picture: Florence is a nightmare of a storm: It's unusually large, contains waves towering to at least 83 feet, and is preparing to push a virtual wall of water onto the coastlines of North and South Carolina. The surge will not behave the same way residents of coastal communities there are used to. Instead, it may hammer the coast of North Carolina for 24 hours or more, and then slide from northeast to southwest, down into South Carolina, as the storm meanders.

The details: The experts at the National Hurricane Center are wrestling with a greater amount of uncertainty than they typically face so close to landfall. This is because the storm will move into an area with weak steering currents, causing it to meander or stall for a time.

The graphic above illustrates the evolution of the Hurricane Center's storm track maps and the "cone of uncertainty." It shows the shifts that have occurred as computer models try to lock onto the fickle movement of the storm near and after landfall.

Be smart: Florence is unusually large for a major landfalling hurricane, with impacts extending hundreds of miles from the center. This means that focusing on the centerline of track forecasts can be a bit deceiving.

The impacts: The projected storm track as of Wednesday afternoon would cause potentially catastrophic damage to coastal North and South Carolina, and would spread misery far inland from devastating amounts of rain. Up to 3 feet of rain or more is forecast in North and South Carolina, and this plume of moisture may extend further north or south, depending on the storm's final path.

Track the most up-to-date forecast information and analysis here.

Go deeper: Hurricane Florence to cause "unbelievable destruction" in Carolinas.

The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change.

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Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

Photo: Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.

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U.S. freezes aid to Sudan over military coup

Protesting the coup in Khartoum. Photo: AFP via Getty

The Biden administration froze a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy.

Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the chaotic scenes that followed the announcements from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling council, dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency.