Hurricane Florence’s potentially devastating winds are generating enormous waves as high as 83 feet as it continues to make its way toward the East Coast and insurers predict it will become the costliest such storm to ever hit the continental U.S. The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday the massive waves were produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction of the

storm’s motion. The center said the waves were measured by satellite. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, but it is expected to go back to a Category 4 by Thursday morning. The storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and moving northwest at about 16 mph. READ MORE