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One million told to flee as Hurricane Florence nears US

One million told to flee as Hurricane Florence nears US”

Hurricane Florence, which was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Monday, is expected to make landfall somewhere near North Carolina and SC late Thursday or early Friday. It is expected to approach the southeastern US coast on Thursday.

Florence is expected to become a major hurricane Monday morning and "remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday, " the hurricane center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

According to the noon-time update from the NHC, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florence now has sustained winds of almost 130 miles per hour and has no become what the agency considers "a major hurricane".

It said Florence, a Category 4 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, could approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

Officials in the Carolinas warned residents to prepare and to brace for impact.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC and is going to go way inshore", he said. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has projected that Olivia will weaken and likely be a tropical storm by the time it hits the islands late Tuesday through Wednesday.

Numerous current Hurricane Florence model trends continue to target the southern North Carolina coast for Hurricane Florence landfall.

According to the NHC advisory, Hurricane Florence is now located 575 miles (925 km) south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,230 miles (1,985 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

The 2018 hurricane season has been quiet up to this point, but now there are two more systems developing behind Florence.

Isaac, a weakening Category 1 hurricane, is much farther south, and is facing the same winds that threatened to rip Hurricane Florence apart.

A photo taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of September 6, 2018. It would also mean a "massive rain event" from as far north as Virginia all the way down to SC.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. It poses no threat to land at this time, the center said.

In anticipation of the damage, North Carolina has activated 200 of its Guardsmen, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said Monday.

People up and down the densely populated coast were told to be ready for the worst - and not just for a possible direct blow against the coast.



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