Evacuations in U.S. ahead of Hurricane Florence

Evacuations in U.S. ahead of Hurricane Florence

Florence could be the worst hurricane to hit the Carolinas in over 60 years since category 4 hurricane "Hazel" struck in 1954.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to issue his own warning.

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

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a category 3 hurricane today, but still poses a threat to areas of Middle Georgia.

Between 1 millions and 3 million people will likely lose power when Hurricane Florence makes landfall later this week, according to a Wednesday report from Duke Energy.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

The category three storm is ploughing towards the east coast and is due to make landfall in SC early on Friday morning.

There is a danger of flash flooding and river flooding, particularly in the Pee Dee, Quagliariello said. "It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina, as he warned people not to gamble their lives on riding out the storm.

Duke Energy has around 4 million customers in North and SC, and says it could take several weeks to restore the electricity.

By 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the storm was about 335 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tropical storm conditions are expected for areas of the Carolinas on Thursday with hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater) projected for "late Thursday or Friday".

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

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

Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

"This is a very risky hurricane", Mr McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary".

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

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