One million asked to evacuate as Hurricane Florence closes in

One million asked to evacuate as Hurricane Florence closes in

One million asked to evacuate as Hurricane Florence closes in

It stretches 340 miles across, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall in the US late Thursday night, bringing heavy winds and up to 30 inches of rain.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

"They're going to pre-position us and get us in the area of where the storm is going to hit, and then they'll move us to wherever we're needed", he added.

Those issues don't even begin to involve the flooding, which could leave lasting impacts on affected areas.

The water could rise 6 to 12 feet in the area of Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, says the National Hurricane Center.

A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong.

The storm itself, however, is not expected to make landfall until Thursday evening at the earliest, according to the latest forecast path from the NHC. That means, she said, that the Wilmington region is going to be affected by what she said is going to be a major hurricane that could reach category 4 strength, which means maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour.

"To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast - the storm looks very bad!" wrote the president, who canceled a planned rally Friday in MS because of the impending storm.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a "mesmerising loop" showing Hurricane Florence from space. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina warned residents to take the threat of the storm seriously.

"Also, most storms coming into the Carolinas tend to move northward, and this storm looks like it's going to stall over the region and potentially bring tremendous, life-threatening flooding". The watch "means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours", the Hurricane Center said.

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.

Simpson said the coverage and attention on Florence is a reminder for New Englanders of the importance of being vigilant during hurricane season and preparing for severe weather "way before any potential event". "We will need to see a higher sample of storms throughout the next 50 to 100 years to fully attribute the claim of climate change as the culprit for Florence's intensification".

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