Carolinas Brace for Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Florence

NC rep asks Trump for expedited disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Florence

"The centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the U.S. on Thursday", the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence, carrying winds of up to 130mph as a Category 4 storm, is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm on Tuesday.

Projections Monday showed the storm making landfall in the area of Wilmington, N.C., early Friday morning, but much of SC still could see a significant impact, including high winds, rain and flooding.

ROY COOPER: The forecast places North Carolina in the bull's eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger.

"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades", said Jeff Byard, FEMA's associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery.

Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did previous year over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad.

About 1 million people have been ordered to flee the entire SC coast beginning at noon on Tuesday.

Following updated predictions, Gov. Henry McMaster, in coordination with state and local officials, lifted the mandatory evacuation order for zones in Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties, with the exception of Edisto Beach. Those who don't won't face punishment, either, and that could be another reason behind peoples' decisions to weather a storm - no matter how risky.

My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years.

Hurricane Florence pictures: First pictures as Florence approaches North Carolina
Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland. Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity .

'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas
Privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What exactly is storm surge? ". The slow-moving storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, is expected.

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North Carolina's governor urged people to learn what evacuation routes to take and put fuel in their vehicles in case they're ordered to leave.

Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.

Travel was expected to be impacted by Florence.

■ "Damaging hurricane-force winds" at the coast as well as some distance inland.

"We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit", North Carolina Gov.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.

The storm was moving west-northwest at around 15km/h, and was forecast to drench a large swath of the US East Coast running from northern Florida to New Jersey.

It is then forecast to close in on North or SC on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that is vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change. People rushed to get emergency kits ready, map out escape routes, fill sandbags and secure their homes.

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