States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

"Heed those warnings and evacuate if you're in one of the zones".

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States find themselves in the path of a monster Category 4 hurricane that threatens catastrophic coastal flooding and damage in the billions of USA dollars. "Be safe!" He tweeted.

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

Florence is now expected to make a slightly earlier arrival near the border of North and SC early Friday.

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able". It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane, ' said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP warns crime, immigration will spike if Dems win Former NSA chief breaks with other ex-intel officials over Brennan letter Puerto Rico governor issues scathing statement after Trump touts response to hurricane MORE has already declared a state of emergency for South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm.

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Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, underscored the danger of the storm surge in an interview with "Good Morning America".

The Michigan-sized storm is set to linger for days and cause catastrophic flooding with up to four feet of rain and 13-foot storm surges.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said.

"We've chose to stay and it's on us", he said. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us". "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here". "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well.

"We could maybe get some outer bands or very, very outer bands of the hurricane", said Jeremy Geiger, a weather service meteorologist.

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