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Cesar Mills
September 14, 2018

South Carolina's governor has ordered more than a million people living along the state's coast to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence.

"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously, and you should, too", Cooper said, urging residents to prepare for lengthy power outages after the hurricane comes.

Computer-model forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a Category 4 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs.

As of Tuesday, Florence was driving sustained winds up to 140 miles per hour.

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina, as federal emergency management officials warned that the Category 2 hurricane - while weakening slightly - remains a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. The storm's most likely landfall will be between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday.

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Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. This is a very serious storm, one of the biggest storms we've seen in quite some time.

"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said.

Hurricane Florence is shaping up to be a awful storm, and it does not look any better when you look at it from space. While larger than Katrina (which was 415 miles wide), it still has a ways to go to reach the record width of 1,000 miles from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

American said its integrated operations center in Fort Worth continues to closely monitor the track of these storms and so far, the airline has not cancelled any flights.

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"An evacuation order for visitors and residents on Hatteras Island is in effect Monday while those in other parts of Dare County will be under an evacuation order beginning Tuesday".

Myrtle Beach is a hot spot for tourists, but driving around on Tuesday, it looked like most had left.

Schools have already been closed, mandatory evacuations have been ordered, and a state of emergency declared in New Hanover and neighboring counties. The safety of everyone affected by the storm and the minimization of the impact on emergency personnel are the most important factors in making the decision on hosting an athletics event. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and USA 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect. The evacuation zone includes the most flood-prone coastal areas, Northam said.

About an hour after the Category 3 upgrade came another - to Category 4. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads.

The swells will make for rough seas along and well off the U.S. East Coast, Bermuda, the northern shores of the Caribbean islands and the south- and southeast-facing shores of the Canada Maritimes, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

POWERFUL Hurricane Florence was tracking towards the US East Coast Tuesday, prompting authorities to order upwards of one million people to evacuate the path of the extremely risky storm forecasters said could soon intensify.

A "major" hurricane is one with sustained winds of more than 110 miles per hour. The storm appears to be on a collision course with the Cape Fear region later this week, and is now a oowerful category 4 hurricane. One woman whose parents were killed told the Chicago Tribune they decided against evacuating their "forever home".

Red flags have already been flying on beaches, warning swimmers to stay out of the water as seas began kicking up.

"This is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years", President Donald Trump warned on Twitter.

"I highly encourage people to move out of the county", Brunswick Emergency Management Director Brian Watts said.

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