Hurricane Florence Set To Hit US East Coast
Residents in North Carolina have been issued with a mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm.
In a statement the centre said: "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.
NEW: Florence is now a category 4 hurricane. Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter indicate that Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen and has maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (195 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 946 mb (27.93 inches) https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/wfLt6fJPl2- National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 10, 2018
"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina on Thursday."
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said: "We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit. We are taking Hurricane Florence seriously."
Adding that President Donald Trump needs to declare a federal disaster.
It's not just North Carolina that is 'taking Hurricane Florence seriously', either, in South Carolina and Virginia residents have also declared states of emergency following the updates on the storm.
With South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster saying: "Now is the time for your family also to prepare and stay tuned for more updates.
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9/10 11 AM EDT: The earliest reasonable time that tropical-storm-force winds will reach the coast of the Carolinas is Wednesday night, but the most likely time is Thursday morning. #Florence https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/kzKpHv9o6J- National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 10, 2018
"Plan for the worst, pray for the best.
"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore."
While a statement from Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, added that it could be the 'most significant hurricane event in decades' before warning of 'catastrophic inland flood, high winds and power outages'.
According to the Daily Mail, one person has drowned and two more were injured at Daytona Beach, Florida, after choppy waters caused by Florence led to dangerous surfing conditions.
Forecasters have predicted as much as 20inches of rain in parts of North Carolina, which could cause potentially fatal flooding.
Those living in the areas set to be hit, have reportedly been out stocking up on essentials, such as bottled water and extra groceries.
Authorities in coastal towns have told residents to pick up sandbags and in North Carolina they are already preparing bulldozers and chain saws in case they are needed in any future clean-up and rescue operations.
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