Evacuations Ordered as Hurricane Florence Becomes Category 4 Storm

Evacuations Ordered as Hurricane Florence Becomes Category 4 Storm

As of 5 p.m. ET Monday, the center of Florence was located about 1,170 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina, and was moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph.

"Florence is quickly becoming a powerful hurricane", The National Hurricane Center said in a statement Monday morning. The northern-most landfall, was made by Hazel, a devastating and deadly storm that struck close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border in October of 1954. Florence was gaining strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic and expected to make landfall sometime Friday morning. Florence now has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, and gusts up to 140 miles per hour, making it a major hurricane capable of doing "devastating" damage. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on the night of September 12, the NHC said.

The powerful Hurricane Florence threatened to bring "days and days" of rain and potentially deadly flooding to the U.S. southeast coast, North Carolina's governor warned on Tuesday, as some 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes.

American Airlines said it's is monitoring three separate storms and has issued travel alerts to a total of 39 airports in different parts of the world.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina, as did his counterparts in neighbouring sc and Virginia.

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said. Landfall may be Thurs. "Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going inland, gradually dissipating and raining itself out".

A hurricane watch has been issued for the USA east coast from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds., with storm surge watches encompassing the same area. Hurricane Florence's offshore winds are causing swells and rip currents up and down the coast. NASA's Aqua satellite caught Hurricane Florence developing an eye Sunday as the storm ramped up its intensity.

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Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", McMaster said. The governors of both states declared states of emergency.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

"If the hurricane miraculously, overnight, decides to go somewhere else, we can take corrective action", he said, saying it was easier to "stand down" state resources than have them "stand up" at a moment's notice.

CNN's forecasters warn that Florence could be the strongest and most devastating hurricane to hit North and SC in about three decades.

Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.

On Sunday, the hurricane center reported that Florence had reached sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classified a hurricane. "We are in a very deadly and important game of chess with Hurricane Florence".

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