McMaster to SC coast: ‘Leave now’ ahead of Hurricane Florence

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

Millions urged to flee inland hours before it was due to announce its arrival with torrential downpours.

. But authorities warned it will still be an extremely risky hurricane.

Hurricane Florence is now hurtling toward North and SC and is forecast to bring unprecedented rainfall.

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The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst said.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the United States coast late Thursday and Friday".

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 risky major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday".

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said. "We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

The president said: "The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority".

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence approaches US
Due to the storm's enormous size and power, it's been a recent - if not frightening - muse for astronaut photography . Florence is predicted to make landfall tomorrow, with states of emergency in effect in North and SC and Virginia.

It's been an especially active start to the Atlantic hurricane season, as parts of North and SC are now bracing for impact from a major Category 3 Storm.

There is a danger of flash flooding and river flooding, particularly in the Pee Dee, Quagliariello said.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Winds will be at least 100 miles per hour as the storm approaches the coast.

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, making it the fifth state to do so, as authorities warned of storm surges and catastrophic flooding.

"As we have been predicting, this hurricane is unpredictable", McMaster said at a news briefing updating the state's response to Florence on Wednesday.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas were boarding up and emptying stores.

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