Hurricane Florence Tracking Toward Carolinas Virginia Watches

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Everyone "from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the hurricane center urged ahead of Florence's expected landfall on Thursday or Friday.

It said Florence is expected to be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas.

If the forecast holds, Hurricane Florence will become the highest north on the East Coast that a Category 4 hurricane has ever made landfall.

Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 3 storm, is closing in on the Southeast, bringing threatening winds, a high storm surge and tons of rain. The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway.

Florence's growth from an ordinary tropical storm to a major hurricane had been well-forecasted since the cyclone originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa on August 30.

He has also cancelled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

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Meanwhile, several other hurricanes are traveling behind Florence, much further out in the Atlantic Ocean. "Make sure you have flashlights and batteries", Bowser said. The Category 4 storm was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

Hurricanes nearly always set off an orchestrated dance on Wall Street before they make landfall, with shares of property and casualty insurance companies dumped in favour of companies that sell construction supplies or portable generators.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday the monster storm will be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.

"The coast could see 10-to-12 feet of storm surge plus tides, and cause quite a mess across a stretch of the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout and western Pamlico Sound", he said.

"While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through landfall".

"We are bracing for a hard hit", he said.

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The American Red Cross said more than 700 workers were headed to the target area while shelters were set up to take in those who could not evacuate.

"It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

"We have to be careful we're not asking them to come back to Beaufort County through a storm", he said. "The power is going to be off for weeks and you're going to be displaced from your home and the coastal areas", Brock Long, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told reporters alongside U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House.

Meteorologists say they are expecting rainfall from Hurricane Florence to measure in feet, not inches.

"This is not going to be a quick hit across the coast", he said.

"Due to potential emergency conditions that appear likely due to Hurricane Florence, South Carolina will make temporary exceptions to the regulations governing the importation and exportation of animals coming into and leaving South Carolina", Parr said. "North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously and you should too".

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"Cotton is probably the most vulnerable crop from this storm", McIntosh says. The National Weather Service's Morristown office said Monday that three-to-four inches of rain are possible in upper East Tennessee, around the Tri-Cities, as a result of the hurricane.