'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pound U.S. Southeast for days

Mandatory evacuations issued for Outer Banks ahead of Florence

The NHC said Florence is expected to be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas. The governors of North Carolina and Virginia have announced mandatory evacuations of hundreds of thousands more in their states.

In a statement the centre said: "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday".

Despite uncertainty of the impact Hurricane Florence might have on Howard County, officials are preparing for the worst.

And the storm surge, which could be as much as 12 feet in some areas, will be on top of sea level rise from climate change.

He added islands to the south such as Barbados and St Lucia are expected to experience some wind from the storm.

On the right side of this view is Helene, a Category 2 hurricane that will likely peter out in the Atlantic without making landfall, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of NOAA.

- The storm is moving west-northwest toward the Carolinas. It strengthened rapidly last week before it was weakened by wind shear. That's because Florence is a giant storm, with winds extending 150 miles from its center.

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a Category 3 hurricane.

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The US military said it was sending an advance team to Raleigh , North Carolina , to coordinate with federal and state partners. The last Category 4 storm to hit the Carolinas was Hugo, which barreled into Charleston, South Carolina , in 1989.

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South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.

The University of North Carolina canceled its scheduled home game against the 18th-ranked University of Central Florida in Chapel Hill due to the storm's expected landfall.

Florence, it said, will bring "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic". Eastern on Tuesday, Florence was swirling in the Atlantic toward the Carolinas coast at a rate of 17 miles per hour, the NHC said.

Customers line up to buy propane at Socastee Hardware store, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sept. 10, 2018. The National Hurricane Center says such massive rainfall could produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding".

"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference on Tuesday. All three states have declared states of emergency.

"We've never seen anything quite like this, on the East Coast at least", he said.

This is one considered by the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) as having sustained wind speeds of more than 157mph.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm on the Outer Banks, defying evacuation orders.

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