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Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

Interested in Hurricane Florence?

The life-threatening storm is now located about 905 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving at a speed of 16 mph.

As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts 160-170 miles per hour.

So it may shift over the coming days, but if predictions hold, Florence is set to be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo tore through the state in 1989.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland governors have declared states of emergency.

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"Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated maxima to 30 inches near Florence's track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia, and northern SC through Saturday", says the National Hurricane Center.

Florence is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge along coastal areas as well as life-threatening flooding both in coastal areas and inland for potentially hundreds of miles.

Hurricane Florence, which was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm last week, was re-upgraded to hurricane status on Sunday and looks like it is destined to barrel straight at the U.S.' East Coast. If you have family or friends in that area, please urge them to heed all warnings and evacuation orders and continue to stay tuned to hourly update from reputable sources. "Significant effects will extend outside the cone, and will arrive at the coast sooner than the eye", the National Hurricane Centre warned. Charlotte, North Carolina could take a direct hit, according to the National Weather Service.

"North Carolina faces three threats here".

The weather system is now a category four storm carrying sustained winds of about 215km/h.

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A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30 degrees Celsius, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

Residents can all the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-246-0133 if they have questions about the ongoing preparations for Hurricane Florence.

Major US military installments may be in the path of the Florence, including the largest Marine base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and the world's biggest Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia.

The exact timing, location and magnitude of the storm's impacts on the US southeast coast in not yet clear but forecast tracks show it could make landfall along the Carolinas and southeast Georgia.

A long recovery is predicted for the states after the major hurricane hits.

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The center of the massive storm is then forecast to meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a stretch of coastline saturated by rising seas, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.


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