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Hurricane Florence Evacuations Expand, With 'Disaster At Doorstep'

Hurricane Florence Evacuations Expand, With 'Disaster At Doorstep'”

Storm surges up to 3.9 meters (13 feet), the possibility of tornados and nearly a meter of rain in some areas of North and SC were expected when Hurricane Florence makes landfall late Thursday. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds.

Jeff Byard, an administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: "Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?"

The NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday".

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said.

Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast on Wednesday.

One woman told MSNBC she would be staying at home in Wilmington, NC with her two children despite the storm.

"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country".

"It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

"Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in."
"Everyone was sold out", she said. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious.

About 1.7 million people have already been told to leave their homes in the latter three states, but some who thought they were safely out of the path of the storm are now desperately working to board up their homes and businesses before its arrival.



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