Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

The National Hurricane Centre said it was a potentially catastrophic Category-4 storm, but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher.

More than 10 million people are under a storm watch or warning in Virginia and the Carolinas, where up to 40 inches of rain could fall.

Large and risky, Hurricane Florence is drawing closer to the coast of the Carolinas, where it threatens to become the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency says.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal has issued an emergency declaration for all of the state's 159 counties.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9ft of water in spots, projections showed.

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States. Regardless of the exact path, impacts will extend well beyond the center and into southeast SC. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", North Carolina Gov. Cooper said, as quoted by The Associated Press. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas, poised to slam the coastline Friday.

Wind speeds in the eye of Florence reached almost 150 miles per hour just after midnight on September 12, according to data recorded by an Air Force aircraft hovering over the hurricane. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

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

Satellite images show the storm has maintained a distinct eye and is well organized.

The flooding will depend whether Florence slows down and lingers over coastal areas as it moves inland, Salna says.

NASA also shared a video of the Category 4 storm from the International Space Station. Forecasters warn that millions could be affected by the hurricane.

Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence. "[It will] just dump feet of rain- we're talking 2 to 3 feet of rain- over parts of North Carolina".

This decrease in movement will have catastrophic effects as concentrated areas of heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding and rivers to burst their banks.

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