Carolinas make final preparations for powerful Hurricane Florence

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September 10-State and county emergency services are busily preparing for the forecasted strong impacts of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, according to Davidson County Emergency Management Coordinator Maj.

Millions are being told to evacuate as the North and SC coasts prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that continues to strengthen into "an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night".

"The centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the United Sates on Thursday", the NHC said.

Gov. Henry McMaster has issued a mandatory evacuation of South Carolina's coastal counties, including Beaufort and Jasper, beginning at noon Tuesday as Hurricane Florence gains strength in the Atlantic.

Hyde County officials announced that all Ocracoke Island visitors have been ordered to evacuate starting noon on Monday.

The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", SC governor Henry McMaster said, issuing his state's emergency declaration.

The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast.

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Savannah area residents can breathe easier as Florence continues to track to the north.

Mass evacuations were ordered along the U.S. Atlantic Coast as Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm and the most powerful to menace the region in almost three decades, barreled toward the region on Tuesday.

Navy ships off Virginia's coast were preparing to sail out of the path, a North Carolina university has already canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies.

A mother and infant in North Carolina are dead after a tree fell on their home - the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence.

Being prepared before hurricane impacts Eastern North Carolina can help keep you and your family safe.

A Category 5 storm means it has sustained winds of 157 miles per hour or more.

"We want to make sure that we get the best data going to the National Hurricane Center. and to emergency managers and to the media so we can get people out of the way", Flaherty said.

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"This one is hard", she said, having been through hurricane damage before. Many more were left to wonder where they might be safe if days of torrential rains unleash floods from the mountains to the sea.

The storm's path could change, though the National Weather Service gets more certain of its forecast as the window to landfall shortens.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday afternoon.

It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds". Ray Cooper said at a news conference Monday.

"If it decides to come here, we're gone", he said. One North Carolina county has already issued a mandatory evacuation order, and locals throughout the region have cleared supermarket shelves of bottled water.

Hurricane Isaac is moving toward the Caribbean and could make landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.

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