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Evacuations in United States ahead of Hurricane Florence

Evacuations in United States ahead of Hurricane Florence

It was moving northwest in the Atlantic at 16 miles per hour and packing sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

Across several eastern states, residents scrambled to leave as the Category 4 storm, with winds of 225kmh, approached.

"This amount of weakening was not anticipated", he said.

Cpl. Thomas Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said extra officers will be working for the storm.

The National Hurricane Center says it's now expected to hit Wilmington and then veer west, taking it south of Charlotte.

Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the state of Georgia: "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall". Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn.

The storm is 385 miles southeast of Raleigh and is moving northwest at 17 mph.

Forecasters are expecting Hurricane Florence to wallop the southeastern U.S. coastline, and more than 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

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"We're ready", Cooper said.

"This is no ordinary storm, and people could be without power for a very long time - not days but weeks", Fountain said on a call with reporters, according to Bloomberg.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in. Power outages, downed trees and a risk for catastrophic flooding are all potential issues in the Triangle.

City officials have lowered the water levels at Lake Johnson, Lake Benson and other reservoirs to absorb as much water as possible from the storm, Hall said. The local adult-services department and the Area Agency on Aging has been in touch with each senior facilities as well, county public information officer Kathryn Murphy said, and has helped them decide whether and how to plan for the hurricane.

The "once-in-a-lifetime" storm was due to hit the coast of the southeastern United States tomorrow, bringing winds of up to 130mph and causing a sea surge of as much as 13 feet.

The National Hurricane Center is calling for 10 to 20 inches of rain and 30 inches in isolated spots.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper warned.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said.