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Major Hurricane Florence Barreling Towards The Carolinas Amidst A Busy Tropical Atlantic

Major Hurricane Florence Barreling Towards The Carolinas Amidst A Busy Tropical Atlantic

As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans have been preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.

The storm's center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and is expected to approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Outer bands from the hurricane were lashing land on Thursday, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday.

"This is a real hurricane we have coming", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday.

The National Weather Service in Newport has issued a Storm Surge Warning. That also means that colossal weather systems like Hurricane Florence are easy to observe as the spacecraft cruises along.

Carolina coast battening down, boarding up as hurricane nears
The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah said all nuclear power plants in the area were preparing but that Duke Energy Corp's Brunswick and Harris plants in North Carolina were most likely to be affected and, if Florence turns north, Dominion Energy Inc's Surry plant in Virginia.

Governors in the Carolinas and Virginia already had declared emergencies, and some sought federal aid as well.

"It's going to be inconvenient - but we do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane". Sustained winds were 215kmh yesterday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to intensify to near Category 5 status as it slows over very warm coastal waters. People rushed to get emergency kits ready, map out escape routes, fill sandbags and secure their homes.

H: Hurricane - wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH, M: Major Hurricane - wind speed greater than 110 MPH.

"This one is hard", she said, having been through hurricane damage before.

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The storm's path put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as it closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

"We're doing a lot of planning today countywide", Hanes said Monday. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday that President Donald Trump had a briefing call at the White House about Hurricane Florence with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a State of Emergency on Friday in anticipation of the hurricane.

Forecasters are also tracking several other hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said.

US, Canada still have work to do on NAFTA
Over the weekend, negotiators continued working to try to hammer out a deal. Freeland spokesman Adam Austen did not give details.

Hurricane Isaac is moving toward the Caribbean and could make landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.


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