Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

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According to CNN, weather experts say the storm is most likely to hit in the Carolinas.

"Rapid strengthening is forecast, and Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane this morning, and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", it said. At right is Hurricane Helene, and second from right is Tropical Storm Isaac. Salna predicts it could rise as high as 15 feet. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said. Extremely unsafe hurricane-force winds could batter coastal locations Thursday into Friday.

US President Donald Trump signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now". "This is going to be catastrophic in parts of eastern North Carolina".

And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same.

About halfway between Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Helene is the small but unsafe Tropical Storm Isaac, which was downgraded from hurricane status early this morning (Sept. 11). Hazel is the only Category 4 storm to ever hit North Carolina, when it devastated the southern coast in 1954 with an 18-foot storm surge.

Since then, the coastal population has grown by thousands of people.

In addition, forecasters expect Florence to drench areas along its direct path with 38 to 50 centimeters of rain.

On Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center issues storm surge warnings for the areas around the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the South Santee River in SC. It regained hurricane strength Sunday and was upgraded again Monday.

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The National Hurricane Center warned on Twitter that there may be a high risk of "storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland".

Rainfall will be very heavy north of the storm.

He said the agency has implemented changes since 2017, improving their partnerships with the private sector, in particular fuel, transportation and electrical companies, to better meet needs on the ground after a disaster.

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic. Hurricanes need the warm waters of the ocean to survive, and as soon as they go over land, they lose that sustaining energy. Tropical storm force winds have sustained speeds of at least 39 miles per hour.

Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area.

Preston Guiher carries a sheet of plywood as he prepares to board up a Wells Fargo bank in preparation for Hurricane Florence in downtown Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered evacuations in flood-prone areas in the Hampton Roads area, which is home to one of the busiest ports in the United States as well as the largest naval base in the world.

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