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'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Closes In On US East Coast

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Closes In On US East Coast”

Then, as the high-pressure system steering Florence weakens, the hurricane is expected to hang out inland for days, showering the region with rain much like Hurricane Harvey did to Houston previous year.

The category 4 storm carrying maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h would probably strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia.

Briefing from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump urged people to heed orders to evacuate, saying "if you are asked to leave, get out".

"Don't play games with it. It's big, and it's vicious", he said.

A state of emergency has been declared in both North and SC.

The blasting wind and surging water may also damage some of the 16 nuclear reactors located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The shift in the projected track had areas that once thought they were out of range anxious.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have all declared a state of emergency and told residents to prepare for flooding and power outages.

"We've had our lessons".

"Get to a safe place now or by Thursday morning", he said.

The category four hurricane is set to bring with it heavy rains and winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour.

Weather experts have talked of rainfall predictions in terms of inches a lot this week with Hurricane Florence meandering toward the East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center expects Florence's rainfall totals to be around 40 to 60 centimeters, with some areas receiving as much as 90 centimeters of rain.

So far, thousands of people have packed up necessities and filled up on gas before fleeing to higher ground.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

The latest GFS Model shows the storm approaching North Carolina, covering the state in precipitation over a fairly short amount of time.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. "You feel like you should have already left".

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, N.C.



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