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Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Life-threatening storm surges of up to a staggering 13 feet in some places were also forecast.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that staying put would be a grave mistake and said people in evacuation zones "need to get out now". "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm, may strengthen to a Category 5 hurricane before weakening again on its approach toward the North or SC coastlines.

A storm as big as Hurricane Florence will hit with a "one-two punch" deluge of water, Erik Salna, the associate director of the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University, says.

At 2am local time on Wednesday the "monster" storm was centred 625 miles south east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17mph.

Hurricane Camille, in 1969, and the 1935 "Labor Day" Hurricane are the only two other storms known to have made landfall at that strength in the United States. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas". Sharp added that some areas could see flooding where he hasn't flooded before.

A storm surge warning, with anticipation of life-threatening inundation of rising water on the coast within the next 36 hours, is in effect for the South Santee River, S.C., to Duck, N.C., including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers at the Abemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway.

Early Wednesday morning, Hurricane Florence was less than 600 miles away from the North Carolina coast moving quickly to the west/northwest at nearly 20 mph.

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned.

States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., ahead of the storm.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

Many North Carolina residents say, they don't want to leave. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

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"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

Isaac is forecast to move into the central Caribbean Sea over the weekend and weaken.

Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country". "Not anxious in the least".

"If you ask a Guardsman, 'Why did you join the Guard, ?' they will tell you, 'This is why I do this, for my community", said McCarty.

Hurricane Florence roared toward the Southeast as officials warned the more than 1 million people in its path to get out of the way or face its wrath.

Schools in southeastern North Carolina were closed on Tuesday and will not reopen until Monday.

"Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated", Trump said.

An evacuation order from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore.

"The first thing is to protect your life", he said Tuesday morning. For the period between 2016-2035, there were more hurricanes in general and 11 per cent more hurricanes of the Category 3, 4 and 5 classes; by the end of the century, there were 20 per cent more of the worst storms. Miles of traffic slowed to a crawl along the main highway along North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands.

Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said.

Electricity was out for weeks, and the National Guard was called in to help with the cleanup.


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