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'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

The ban is the result of an executive order signed by city manager John Pedersen and issued pursuant to the city's State of Emergency that was declared september 9.

Forecasters said Wednesday that Florence's wind field is expanding, making it a large, stable hurricane with a clearly defined eye at its center.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warns that a slight shift in Florence's forecast track does not mean that some communities north of the storm are now in the clear.

Hurricane Florence is packing sustained winds of 140 miles (220 km) per hour and remains an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm as it approaches the United States eastern coastline, specifically the Carolinas.

"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damaged, there will be homes damaged, and there will be debris on the roads", said Jeff Byard, an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Meteorologists have given Hurricane Florence, which is now heading towards the USA, a category four level strength, meaning the storm could cause major structural damage costing millions.

Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC.

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"They say it's about as big as they've seen coming to this country and certainly to the East Coast as they've ever seen".

Deal's declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service's storm forecast shows a chance that Florence's track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane watches are in place around most of the SC coast, and tropical storm warnings were in effect in southern Virginia.

Even more troubling is the amount of rain that could fall in southeastern North Carolina due to the storm slowing down or stalling out.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

Authorities in neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County. Ahead of what is projected to be massive devastation for several Southeast states, NASA has released high-definition footage of the storm as viewed from the International Space Station above the Atlantic Ocean.

While Hurricane Florence has sparked state of emergency and mass evacuation, a very unfortunate weather graphic has managed to put a smile on those preparing for the storm. Current forecasts call for Florence to be at least a Category 3 storm when it arrives at the Carolinas.

Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.


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