More than 1 million to flee as Florence rips toward East Coast

More than 1 million to flee as Florence rips toward East Coast

More than 1 million to flee as Florence rips toward East Coast

In preparation for Florence reaching the coast this week, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing bulldozers, chainsaws and other rescue equipment, according to the press release.

The hurricane could remain powerful as it passes over the United States mainland, the NHC warned on Monday morning.

Where is the hurricane now?

"The last Atlantic hurricane to intensify as rapidly as far north as Florence's current location was Hurricane Humberto in 2007", he said.

Hurricane Florence strengthened "rapidly" on Monday, September 10, and is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane, USA forecasters said, as governors of 3 eastern U.S. states declared an emergency and told residents to prepare for the storm. The center warns that such storms will snap or uproot most trees and down power poles and that power can be out in some areas for weeks or months. It's expected to be a Category 4 storm - with winds of 131 miles per hour and higher - by Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Florence has the makings of an "extremely dangerous" meteorological event.

What else should I know?

SC emergency management officials said they were "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".

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While Florence is still hundreds of miles away from land, forecast models have the Cape Fear Region in the storm's cone of uncertainty.

"Action today can avoid losses due to Florence".

Heavy rain in the Washington area over the weekend has already led to flooding in historic Alexandria, Virginia, and the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for part of the Potomac River.

Hansen said residents in Zone A, as well as those in Sandbridge, Back Bay, and the Southern Watershed of the city, will likely be urged to evacuate, but did not specify when an announcement would be made.

As of 11 a.m. ET Monday, Florence's maximum sustained winds had increased to 115 miles per hour, with higher gusts, the hurricane center said.

Current forecast models indicate that Florence could strike the Carolinas and enter central Virginia, possibly stalling and dropping more than 20 inches of rain in some areas.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Centre said the storm winds have reached 75mph (120kph), which means it is now at hurricane strength.

Meteorologists are forecasting that Florence will continue to pick up speed before making its landfall between SC and North Carolina on Thursday as a category 3 or higher hurricane.

He said: "It's pushing its way forward, but Thursday morning it is just off the coast". "I'd say get ready". "They're coming in and buying water and plates, and that's about all they're buying".

"Florence is a threat well beyond our coast", Cooper said.

It says that the winds are likely to hit North and SC around Thursday morning, and Pennsylvania by the evening.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic.

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