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NHC warns of ‘worst case scenario’ has come up with Florence

Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, don’t see anything in the Hurricane Florence path at the expense of the category 4 hurricane before it makes landfall.

As Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, rode in the direction of the east coast on Tuesday, lawmakers from the three states in the “monster” storm’s path have ordered mass evacuations for more than a million people.

The governor of North Carolina, which the state – in addition to South Carolina, and Virginia – is the weather forecast to see “life-threatening storm surge” and “damaging winds” of the storm, warned residents of the potential extreme conditions.

#Florence is likely to lead to damaging hurricane-force winds along parts of the
the coasts of South And North Carolina, and a Hurricane Watch is in effect for a portion of this area. Damaging winds could also the spread and the inland, to parts of the Carolinas And Virginia https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/DzNeyuPLYV

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018

“This storm is a monster. It is big and it is evil. It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

“The waves and the wind storm can bring is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this is something else,” Cooper said. “Don’t bet your life on the drive of a monster.”

People drive across a drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach, N. C., as they the evacuation of the area in advance of Hurricane Florence on Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

President Trump on Tuesday got an update on Florence of the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and promised that the government was prepared to respond to the impending hurricane, adding that public safety was its “absolute priority.”

FEMA administrator Brock Long warned that the hurricane will have a “devastating event” and urged people to evacuate if they are asked to leave their homes. He said electric current could be for weeks.

The safety of the American people is my absolute highest priority. Listen to the instructions of your State and Local Officials. Be prepared, be careful and SAFE! https://t.co/YP7ssITwW9 pic.twitter.com/LZIUCgdPTH

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018

Trump has declared states of emergency for the Carolinas, as well as Virginia, and cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

Florence intensified into a Category 4 storm on Monday. The storm, which is currently around 360 kilometres south-southwest of Bermuda, is moving west-northwest around 17 kph with maximum sustained winds of 140 km / h, the NHC said in a 5 p.m. ET-update.

Florence is predicted that in the near of the Carolinas as early as Thursday and would be “an extremely dangerous major hurricane,” the NHC said.

“Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday on Friday. On the forecast track, the centre of Florence will go on the south-western part of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas until Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday,” the NHC said. “Further strengthening is forecast tonight and Wednesday. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane by landfall.”

In addition to possible storm surge, Florence could dump more than a foot of rain in the course of its duration, which could lead to “catastrophic flooding and significant river flooding,” the NHC said.

#Florence could produce life-threatening, catastrophic flooding and significant river flooding over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states late this week early next week. Image via @NWSWPC, and the full opinion is on https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/0bQAIiBMKZ

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018

A storm surge and a hurricane warning was in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina, as well as the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina, the NHC said.

In addition, Edisto Beach to South Santee River in South Carolina and the areas north of Duck, North Carolina by the state to the border with Virginia, were under a storm surge and hurricane watch, the agency said.

Officials in states in the storm of the road have recommended having emergency contact numbers handy should the affected people need help.

Fox News’ Jennifer Graaf, I., Lucia Suarez Sang, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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