'Monster' Hurricane Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast

Hurricane Florence ‘as big as they’ve seen’ Trump

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.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in.

Officials say Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is encouraging residents to heed the warnings of state and local officials, and said the lines of communication remain open.

"People do not live and survive to tell the tale about what their experience is like with storm surge", Long said.

Hoffman, along with Billy Sample and Sample's wife, say they've got homes to keep an eye on and pets to worry about.

Hurricane Florence, growing in size and intensity, crept closer to the US East Coast on Wednesday as disaster mobilisations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of fierce winds, deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

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More than 1.7 million people were warned to evacuate and get out of the way of the "life-threatening" storm's path. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in parts of the region while university campuses, schools, and factories have been shut.

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding is likely 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. "It's the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in - it causes the most amount of destruction".

A state of emergency has also been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard was practically empty at midday on Wednesday, September 12, as the SC town prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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