Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

Katie Ramirez
September 13, 2018

"When people face the decision to leave their homes or stay and fight the storm, having the option to safely store their belongings can make that decision easier", Mack said.

Highways clogged with people fleeing North and SC early Wednesday as monstrous Category 4 Hurricane Florence rumbled toward the eastern USA as the biggest storm there in decades.

The rain threat remains through Saturday, and flooding can last several days.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

"Any amount of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it", Trump said Tuesday as he talked about relief efforts with federal disaster officials.

'Wherever you are in North Carolina, get ready for Florence now, ' Governor Cooper said.

The Category 4 weakened slightly to 130 miles per hour in the morning but was expected to re-intensify later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

This one is different: Mass evacuation in USA over 'monster' hurricane
He said that North Carolinians should obey evacuation orders , as Florence is expected to affect millions in both North and SC . Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC .

Here are five facts that show the power of this monster of a hurricane.

The blasting wind and surging water may also damage some of the 16 nuclear reactors located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

According to Google's storm reports winds look likely to hit the coast of the Carolinas early on the morning of Thursday 13 September, and at that point Florence will potentially be a category 3 storm.

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding.

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Florence may be a "very devastating storm".

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow. "Plus the battering waves will cause massive damage and destruction". And he had advice for coastal residents. "It's a big one", he said. This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

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