Hurricane Florence stalks US East Coast

Hurricane Florence stalks US East Coast

Florence is expected to turn into "an extremely risky major hurricane" during Thursday night, the centre said in a bulletin.

The governors of Virginia, Maryland, and North and SC have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

The swells will make for rough seas along and well off the U.S. East Coast, Bermuda, the northern shores of the Caribbean islands and the south- and southeast-facing shores of the Canada Maritimes, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. And some forecasts have the storm slowing to linger over the Carolinas, spreading heavy rain all the way to West Virginia while leading to flooding and power outages.

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

McMaster's announcement on Tuesday followed a Monday press conference in which he ordered all coastal counties in the state - including Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties - to evacuate.

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"This is a very unsafe hurricane", McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary". "This could result in significant river flooding across portions of the state into next week".

The Isle of Palms is giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

His campaign says it's canceling a Thursday event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he had been scheduled to stump for the Republican senate candidate, state attorney general Josh Hawley. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect.

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. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.

"The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We do not want to risk one SC life". SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

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States of emergency have been declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, with President Donald Trump approving emergency declarations in South and North Carolina.

Lifelong Wilmington North Carolina, resident Terry Jackson said he and his wife have made a decision to stay and ride out the storm. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter it Thursday into Friday.

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said. And if it comes this way, we're going to be in for one - a big storm.

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

Currently, 1,600 National Guard members are on duty and ready to deploy - a number Livingston said likely will grow to more than 3,000.

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