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Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

15 September 2018

Hurricane Florence, a large storm with sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour (175 km/h), is expected to make landfall somewhere on the North or SC coast Thursday and then move inland, affecting travel along the coastal regions as well as landlocked cities like Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham.

Hurricane Florence is forecast to make landfall tomorrow. With the governor of North Carolina calling the storm "a monster" and one Atlantic weather expert predicting that it could be "an unprecedented disaster for North Carolina", mandatory evacuation orders are in effect in many parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

The center of Florence is expected to approach the coasts of the Carolinas today and move over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC tonight and Friday. We've assembled a list of options below and will update it as we find more. This is kicking off isolated storms for the next few days and giving us a very muggy feel. "We recently moved in the area and it does not seem to be a flood zone", James told Newsday.

Browning said she had started a GoFundMe campaign in case repairs are needed for the family home.

"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on".

Charlotte-based Duke had posted roughly 96,000 outages in Carteret, Craven, Pamlico, Onslow and New Hanover counties, while the co-ops listed more than 74,700 outages in the same general area.

"We are ready, but this is going to be one of the biggest ones to ever hit our country", said the president. That would actually be Florence's storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline. Doing so will place your life and the lives of first responders in harm's way", said Col. Glenn McNeill, commander of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions.

Despite pleas from state and local officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)".

This stream shows the boardwalk at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.

Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas