Hurricane Florence is no Hugo. It looks worse

Hurricane Florence is no Hugo. It looks worse

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Florence had racked up winds of 130mph and is on a trajectory which suggests its centre is most likely to hit the south coast of North Carolina by Friday.

Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

It will strike with torrential rains, powerful winds and potentially devastating flooding.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the school district must first evaluate how many teachers and staff evacuated ahead of the order.

"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damaged, there will be homes damaged, and there will be debris on the roads", said Jeff Byard, an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Virginia, about 1,000 prisoners at the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake were relocated Monday after the governor issued a mandatory evacuation for low-lying coastal areas. Even from a distance, Florence is expected to bring more sustained easterly winds to the region.

A hurricane warning was also in effect for all of the North Carolina coast and the northern coast of SC, while a hurricane watch was in effect for the rest of the SC seaboard.

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"There's 25% more people living between Charleston (South Carolina) and Morehead City (North Carolina) than there were when Hugo was making landfall", CNN meteorologist Myers said.

Forecast models have said that several feet of heavy rain could cause flooding well inland from the coast.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit". He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.

He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.

The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm.

Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is foreboding in his assessment Hurricane Florence. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

"It's likely we'll get significant flooding and high winds", he said. Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

The overall trend is "exceptionally bad news, " said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

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