Hurricane Florence Approaches Carolinas as Wind Speeds Reach 150 miles per hour

The storm strengthened from 130 mph to 140 mph and is Category 4 the NHC said

The storm strengthened from 130 mph to 140 mph and is Category 4 the NHC said

Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour, and is forecast to approach the coastline of the Carolinas by Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Vice President Pence will go to Atlanta on Thursday to review preparations for Hurricane Florence, the Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall later this week.

Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land. Its winds could approach Category 5 strength, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.

The fierce winds of Hurricane Florence are weakening as it creeps closer to North Carolina but the impact of the vast storm will still be catastrophic for millions of people.

Her home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is at risk for flooding, and her family and nearby relatives will ride out the storm in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

National Hurricane Center now says tropical storm force winds "reasonable" for north Florida.

Hurricane-force winds (74 to 95 mph) are now extending out up to 60 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds are being felt as much as 175 miles around the storm. Life-threatening storm surges of up to a staggering 13 feet in some places were also forecast. These conditions could persist this weekend depending on the track of Florence.

In addition to wind-driven storm surges of seawater, Florence could dump up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots as it moves inland, forecasters said.

To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients - and Florence has them all.

Historic and potentially catastrophic flooding is possible along with life-threating storm surges of up to 12 feet are possible along the coasts.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the West Point area, according to the National Weather Service.

The number of people told to evacuate in the Carolinas and Virginia has been estimated at more than 1 million, according to an NPR report.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

According to the latest models, the coastal areas of Charleston and Berkeley counties have the highest risk in the Lowcountry region for unsafe winds that could destroy trees, structures and create massive power outages.

"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades", Byard said.

Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County. Cars and trucks full of people and belongings streamed inland.

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