'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

The center of Florence, a slow-moving Category 3 hurricane, is expected to draw close to the North Carolina coast on Friday afternoon - perhaps lingering just offshore - then drift southwest along the shoreline before turning inland on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. President Trump said the hurricane is predicted to be one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in years as he warned residents to be prepared and to be careful.

The tropical storm, barreling across the Atlantic Ocean towards the East Coast of the United States, weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a scale of 5 but still had maximum sustained wind speeds of 125mph as of 6pm (BST).

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday".

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The European Model projects that Florence will track a bit further south, bringing more severe weather to SC.

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The latest GFS Model shows the storm approaching North Carolina, covering the state in precipitation over a fairly short amount of time.

However, he reiterated that just that minor factor alone is not enough to cause the cyclone to make major changes.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

"If you aren't under evacuation orders, now's the time to finish preparations and get ready to hunker down", Cooper said.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

Hurricane florence is the most powerful storm to emerge from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

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