Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Map of North Carolina Showing Latest GFS, European Models

Map of North Carolina Showing Latest GFS, European Models

Expected to gather force later Tuesday, Florence may cause "life-threatening" storm surge in coastal parts of North and SC, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Tuesday.

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the US East Coast, according to the NWS, and another four million were under a tropical storm watch.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch the Carolinas have seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 miles per hour (209 kph).

The nearly 500-mile wide storm swirling towards the U.S. east coast "could be the most risky storm in the history of the Carolinas", the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) administrator, Brock Long, warned on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES weather satellites are providing some spectacular views of the group storms from space.

A state of emergency has been declared in both North and SC.

Florence could be only the second Category 4 storm to pummel the Carolinas since 1800, when record-keeping began.

The slow-moving storm, the most severe hurricane to threaten the US mainland this year, was located about 785 miles (1,260 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT), according to the NHC. While it may or may not officially become a Category 5 storm, it will still be a major Hurricane at landfall.

People in the path of Hurricane Florence are boarding up their homes and businesses and leaving behind messages for the massive storm that's headed their way.

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"This is not a storm that people need to ride out", Cooper told reporters.

While most airlines have started offering travel waivers to those flying to and from the Southeast, a spokesperson for flight data tracking service FlightAware said it doesn't expect to see large numbers of storm-related cancellations until midday Wednesday.

Although Florence was still days from arrival, authorities took extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way.

There are fears Florence could match the devastating impact of Hurricane Hazel in 1954, which brought 130mph winds to North Carolina, destroying 15,000 buildings and killing 19 people. Sustained winds were 130 miles per hour Tuesday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to intensify to near Category 5 status as it slows over very warm ocean water near North and SC.

Workers cover the windows of the historic Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, in preparation for the advancing Hurricane Florence, Sept. 11, 2018.

Crews also prepared 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region for the storm.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic.

This means catastrophic floods could follow if the hurricane stalls inland.

"I'm praying for you", she wrote.

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