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More than 1 million to flee as Florence rips toward East Coast

More than 1 million to flee as Florence rips toward East Coast

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Hurricane Florence continued to strengthen Monday morning, with experts claiming the storm will likely impact Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the United States this week.

Florence is forecasted to remain an "extremely risky major hurricane" through Thursday, the day when it's expected to reach the East Coast.

The storm has 115 mph winds and is located 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 13 mph.

The Atlantic hurricane's maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 130 miles per hour (195 kilometers per hour), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory issued at noon Eastern Time (1600 GMT). "First, the ocean surge along our coast.Then the strong winds which may be higher than the other hurricanes that we have recently experienced.And of course, inland flooding from heavy rain.And we here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", he told a press conference. "Theses swells will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents".

"It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane. the forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain".

Virginia, North Carolina, and SC have all declared states of emergency.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Sunday he was asking President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of "significant impacts not only on our state but the entire east coast".

Category 4 hurricanes reach sustained winds of 130-156 miles per hour and USA Today reported that SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

"It's not just the coast", Graham said.

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"These three storms are going to be taking diverting paths, one affecting Puerto Rico, but the one we're watching right now closely is Hurricane Florence, which right now is a Category 2 storm".

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

"This is a very risky hurricane", McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary".

The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall.

A Category 4 hurricane with 105 miles per hour winds is bearing down on the US East Coast, bringing a risk of devastating floods - and there are two more hurricanes behind it.

The US Navy said it was preparing to send about 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea.

Behind Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Helene are both swirling in the Atlantic.

As of 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

The U.S. military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with state and local authorities. Isaac's forward movement was accelerating on a path to cross into the lower Caribbean on Thursday.


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