Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

The storm is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast, possibly as a Category 4 storm, overnight Thursday into Friday.

Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a category 4 Hurricane Monday morning and it continues to build in size, strength and speed, says the National Hurricane Center.

In addition, the National Hurricane Center said that it will likely issue watches for "life-threatening storm surge" across three states.

More than 1 million people are expected to flee from the coasts of North and SC, where the governors have declared states of emergency.

"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.

Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been warned that Hurricane Florence may become a category 4 storm. Residents should continue preparing for the likelihood of direct impacts from the storm, which could include intense flooding, rainfall, damaging winds, large and unsafe surf and storm surge.

One year after major storms ravaged the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico, officials warned those in Florence's path not to underestimate the threat the storm poses.

SC is also seeing a mass exodus, after the state's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of the coastal counties.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents living along the entire SC coast. Tropical storm conditions could hit those areas by Thursday morning, forecasters say.

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States of emergency have also been declared in Maryland and Virginia.

Trump warned residents in a series of tweets earlier Monday to heed local guidelines about the storm. "Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch will likely be issued by Tuesday morning".

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

Travel dates covered also vary, but most are focusing on the dates between Thursday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 16.

North and South Carolina are under a state of emergency, and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the coastline to evacuate.

"Everyone in Virginia needs to prepare", Gov. Northam said. It said hurricane-force winds would "extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds [would] extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km)".

Residents boarded up their homes and stripped grocery stories bare of food, water and supplies.

Florence has grown to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130mph as it descends upon the southeastern seaboard of the US.

Cape Hatteras in North Carolina recorded 68cm or 27in of rain (around 170% of the average) again making it the wettest summer in 62 years of records. The potential for the storm to stall has residents packing sandbags and preparing for the major flooding that could follow.

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