Trump urges precautions ahead of 'very bad' Hurricane Florence

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

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

According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.

Commenting on his decision, Mr McMaster said: "Some schools in the inland counties will be used as shelters, some school buses will be needed to assist in evacuation efforts, and we want to keep the roads as clear as possible for the one million evacuees we are expecting".

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered mandatory evacuations for all coastal SC counties starting at noon on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence's projected landfall.

Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Together, the increased size and the slower forward motion of storms like Florence spell potential flood disaster for communities in their path. Florence could be like a faulty sprinkler, stuck watering one area for days on end.

With a mandatory evacuation order in place, St. Joseph's/Candler will be closing all practices in SC.

"Let me tell you, this one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in a Facebook video earlier on Tuesday.Citing his 24 years in the National Weather Service, Graham added, "It's one of those situations, you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge. and also the wind".

Two other storms are spinning in the Atlantic. Describing the storm as a "no-kidding nightmare", Gerst said that he and USA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured the images with a special, super-wide-angle lens, as the storm made its way towards the east of the US.

At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,085 miles (1745 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds".

Hurricane Florence, meanwhile, is still forecast to strike North Carolina and SC on September 13.

The large and powerful hurricane prompted evacuation orders in North and SC and Virginia - all of which have already declared states of emergency.

"Steady weakening is forecast to begin by late Tuesday", the NHC said.

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds in 1954. Trees can be snapped or uprooted. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.

A slow-moving or stalled storm would also prolong coastal flooding and high wind concerns and may cause significant beach erosion along part of the Southeast and lower mid-Atlantic coasts.

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 Category 4 storm's approach led to a series of schedule adjustments Tuesday for teams in the Carolinas and Virginia. Hurricane-to-tropical-storm-force winds could extend inland, depending on the storm's track.

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence", he said.

Hurricanes Helene and Isaac are not expected to hit the United States mainland.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", U.S. Hurricane Specialist Eric Blake wrote in a forecast analysis.

Isaac, meanwhile, is a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds and is moving west at 14 miles per hour.

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