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President Trump on Hurricane Florence: 'Get out of its way'

President Trump on Hurricane Florence: 'Get out of its way'

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

The US National Weather Service says more than 10 million residents in the US states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are under a storm watch or warning because of Hurricane Florence.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, is it time for a radical rethink on what it means to be prepared? "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported.

The Upstate could get 4 to 8 inches of rain if the latest forecast track for Hurricane Florence holds, according to the National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Further, she said there will be in increased risk for isolated tornadoes, and the potential heavy rain and wind gusts from Florence could uproot trees and cause power outages.

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while schools and factories were being shuttered.

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, which frees up the way for federal aid. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less unsafe, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion. Landfall could take place Friday or Saturday morning at this point. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper said: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".




Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties.

Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday.

Liberty Mutual Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company write the most commercial property insurance coverage in North and SC, according to a report on Wednesday by Moody's, citing data from SNL Financial.

Amanda Kinseth, reporter for WPDE ABC 15 News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"It brings multiple threats, including a massive storm surge at the coast, as well as a potentially catastrophic inland flood situation".

In Wilmington, the fire department is urging people to prepare for at least seven days of hardship, collecting water and nonperishable foods. "He lives in North Carolina".

Jeff Byard, FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, called Florence "a very risky storm".

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States.


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