Hurricane Florence forces more than 1 million people to flee

Hurricane Florence, Now a Category 4 Storm, on Track to Hit East Coast

Hurricane Florence, Now a Category 4 Storm, on Track to Hit East Coast

Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees.

Meanwhile, forecasters urged residents to complete such storm preparations by the end of Wednesday, saying some impacts from Florence were nearly a certainty by Thursday.

Governors in the Carolinas and Virginia already had declared emergencies, and some sought federal aid as well.

At noon Monday, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for North Carolina's Hatteras Island. "We are mobilizing the state's resources to make sure we are prepared, and the people of SC must not hesitate to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane impacting our coast".

"Life-threatening storm surge is forecast along the South Carolina, North Carolina and Southeast Virginia coasts Thursday and Friday", announced Governor Henry McMaster - (R) South Carolina.

Forecast models have said that several feet of heavy rain could cause flooding well inland from the coast. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

It's not just North Carolina that is "taking Hurricane Florence seriously", either, in SC and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm.

He estimated about 1 million people would be fleeing the coast.

While a man who gave his name as Joe, a contractor from Carolina, admitted he was "scared" but said he had survived storms before and was determined to make it through this one.

Storm -surge warning: South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers as of 2 a.m. Wednesday, the NHC said. Effects from the hurricane will occur outside that cone, he said, predicting some effects will be felt more than 100 miles from the storm's center. Drawing energy from the warm water, the now Category 2 storm could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 miles per hour or more by Tuesday.

After making landfall it looks like Florence will weaken but stall. He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, bringing 105 miles per hour winds and a risk of flooding.

It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the U.S. east coast and moving inland before the weekend.

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