'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" the president tweeted.

Gov. Cooper said preparation is our best defense and if you haven't already, the time to prepare is now. Some 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate.

The very center of that bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base. Tuesday's forecast showed 20in or more falling there, part of a wide stretch of rainfall that could total 10in or more over much of Virginia and drench the nation's capital. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

"In response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence, the Coastal Carolina home football game versus Campbell originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, in Conway, S.C., has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. ET at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C.", said Coastal Carolina's release on Monday.

More than 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the USA southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in almost three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday. Florence's storm surge threatens more than 750,000 homes in the region, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over the road.

The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for all of the N.C. coast and into SC.

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Communities in Florence's path could be without electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said.

The National Hurricane Center said: "Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding is possible over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states from late this week into early next week, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland". They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall.

The storm's potential path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

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

The worst place to be in a hurricane is the right-front quadrant, where onshore winds are strongest and the storm surge is maximized. Florence probably will not, as it slows, stalls and rains itself out over the southeast.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia to inbound vessels greater than 500 tons and was requiring vessels of that size to leave if they did not have permission to be in the ports.

Further east, forecasters are watching Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac in the Atlantic, and a patch of showers in the western Caribbean, which has a 30 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 2 days. The storm is expected to strengthen again over the next day or so.

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