Hurricane Florence Tracker: Warnings Sent Out for North, South Carolina

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"That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee.

This means catastrophic floods could follow if the hurricane stalls inland. At more than 470 miles across, Florence is 56% wider than the typical Atlantic hurricane. "We are totally prepared".

Wrap up your preparations today and make plans to get to your safe place by Wednesday night or first thing Thursday morning in advance of Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane's impending landfall in North Carolina has seen panic-buying at petrol stations threatening to trigger a fuel crisis in the USA state.

"Florence is forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane as it approaches the USA coast", the NHC said.

Map shows probable path of Hurricane Florence.

The North and SC coasts are on high alert as residents brace for Hurricane Florence's brutal lashing.

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Wilson County is under a Tropical Storm Watch and could receive anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of rain, Sharp said, with 15 to 16 inches possible in areas.

McMaster has already declared a state of emergency in SC and asked President Donald Trump for a federal declaration ahead of the storm, which intensified Monday to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 kph).

Coastal areas are likely to experience storm surges and the hurricane may dump heavy rains across the entire mid-Atlantic region, causing unsafe floods. "The forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain".

The massive Atlantic storm could produce "life-threatening storm surges" and "catastrophic flash flooding", the National Hurricane Center has warned.

Winds and massive waves will pound coastal North and SC when Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned. Florence is located about 575 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. All of those, however, made landfall south of where Florence is predicted to hit, and Florence's wind speeds are predicted to be higher than those four storms. "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane. American Airlines is also letting travelers in the Caribbean change tickets ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac. Hurricane Camille, in 1969, and the 1935 "Labor Day" Hurricane are the only two other storms known to have made landfall at that strength in the United States. Shear is bad for hurricanes, which basically act like enormous chimneys, Cline said: They draw in huge amounts of moist air from the ocean's surface and then vent that air out of their tops.

Florence has forced people to cut their holidays short along the coast, while the storm's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.

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