Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward USA coast: NHC

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Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been urged to stay alert about the dangers of the fast approaching Hurricane Florence.

The warning was issued on Wednesday by the UAE Embassy on its Twitter account.

Hurricane florence is the most powerful storm to emerge from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Though Florence has weakened slightly, it's still a very unsafe storm, and a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected.

Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast.

The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday".

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it", said Mr Trump. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

Catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians late this week and early into next week.

The storm surge risk will be highest between Southport, NC, and Surf City, NC.

Jeff Byard, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday yesterday as the town appeared to be emptying.

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The most severe winds are expected near the border of North Carolina and SC.

"Finally I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence".

The storm is moving steadily toward the Carolinas' coastal areas.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

The hurricane's sheer size means it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day, according to weather forecasters. "There's nobody left to work".

"But I'm staying", she said. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us". It's called Mother Nature.

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

For the first time since since 2008, the Atlantic has for named storms simultaneously.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said.

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