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The Latest: Florence to bring life-threatening storm surge

From left to right, Josh Clappsy, Blake Price, and JB Phillips to remove the planks of a jetty in the hope to save it from the rising waters in Swansboro, N. C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Florence exploded in a potentially disastrous hurricane Monday as it closed in North and South Carolina, carrying winds of up to 140 km / h (220 km / h) and water, which can wreak havoc on a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

WILMINGTON, N. C. – The Last Hurricane Florence (all times are local):

2:20 pm

The National Hurricane Center says the Hurricane Florence is expected to have a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall for parts of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.

At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 km / h (28 km / h). The strengthening is forecast until Wednesday. It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, but was expected that they are drawing energy from the warm water and to intensify to near Category 5, which means that the winds of 157 mph (253 km / h) or higher.

Forecasters say the center of Florence will go on the south-western part of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, and the approach of the south Carolina coast in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.

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Residents on the Carolina coast, are the find of empty gas pumps and empty store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.

With the storm churning over the Atlantic ocean with 140 mph winds, hurricane watches and warnings include the houses of more than 5.4 million people on the east coast. A steady stream of vehicles filled with people and things in motion in the interior.

Forecasters say Florence is expected to blow ashore late Thursday or Friday early, then slow down and dump 1 to 2½ metres of rain that can cause flooding and inland waterway transport, and major environmental disruption by washing the area of industrial waste sites and farms.

President, Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

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