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Hurricane Florence impacts college football games in Carolinas, Virginia

Hurricane Florence impacts college football games in Carolinas, Virginia

That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina. "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday.

"It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Sept. 10 issued a mandatory evacuation order for coastal Virginia residents in Zone A in advance of Hurricane Florence, effective Tuesday, September 11 at 8 a.m.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.

Now a Category 4 hurricane packing 140 mile-per-hour winds, Florence is due to make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas late Friday or Saturday.

"This increasingly severe, potentially unprecedented storm is hurdling to the epicenter of animal agriculture in North Carolina", said Will Hendrick, a staff attorney and manager for a water campaign in the state for the Waterkeeper Alliance.

More than 1 million people have been issued evacuation orders along the coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and SC, as the storm is not expected to weaken until it makes landfall Thursday in the Carolinas.

National Hurricane Centre director Ken Graham warned that Florence is forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore. "But the effects of this storm will be felt statewide, and I encourage everyone in Virginia to prepare now".

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"Inland flooding will be a major threat and something people far from the landfall location should be concerned about", CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

Florence is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and may dump as much as 40 inches of rain in North Carolina alone.

"This is probably the only exercise I get this week", she quipped.

"Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week as Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles", the NHC said, urging residents in the Windward Islands - Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines - to pay particular attention to the storm. "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. We know we can't play around with this", said Jennifer Oosterwyk, who owns the Sugar Britches boutique on Holden Beach and lives in nearby Wilmington.

The US Navy is sending 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea to wait at anchor while the storm passes.

Helene is a Category 2 storm that's even farther off the coast than both of the other storms, but it's not expected to ever make landfall. While wind damage is still ordinarily covered, insurers that were stung by storms such as Sandy in 2012, which swamped NY and New Jersey, have inserted clauses in their policies that limit coverage and set high deductibles, particularly when storms reach hurricane status.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 140 miles per hour (220 km/h) with higher gusts". A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.

The storm was about 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles - a region still recovering from last year's powerful Hurricane Maria.