'Monster' Florence to pummel United States southeast

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

A million people have been ordered to leave the USA coast and millions more prepared for Florence's predicted arrival on late Thursday or early Friday.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

From the livestock industry, one environmental impact from the storm could be from the lagoons, or lined earthen pits, that hold treated manure.

He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe.

More than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

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.

He warned residents to take precautions "because once this storm is upon us, we're not going to be able to send emergency personnel out to rescue you". "This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living in that zone". Water purification, lane reversals, high-water rescue, health and welfare checks and sandbag efforts are all a part of the guard's abilities to support local and state authorities and to assist the state and its citizens during response and recovery efforts. When it reaches inland ares, far from the coast, its high winds and heavy rains will knock down trees and wreak other havoc, according to the hurricane center. "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. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House. Multiple states have already declared a state of emergency in preparation for the damaging flooding that Florence is likely to bring. It may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. While wind damage is still ordinarily covered, insurers that were stung by storms such as Sandy in 2012, which swamped NY and New Jersey, have inserted clauses in their policies that limit coverage and set high deductibles, particularly when storms reach hurricane status.

The National Hurricane Center says a new report from an Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that Hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have decreased slightly to 130 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"We're going to look over our flood maps and see where we've had problems in the past".

"This is probably the only exercise I get this week", she quipped. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she has evacuated.

"This will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range", Myers said.

United States Coast Guard officials also ordered commercial vessels and pleasure craft to take precautions.

The North and SC coasts are on high alert as residents brace for Hurricane Florence's brutal lashing.

"This is a huge storm", said Robert Woodward, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

"Where else can we go?"

As of Tuesday morning, Florence was about 900 miles east of Cape Fear, NC., heading west.

Further east, forecasters are watching Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac in the Atlantic, and a patch of showers in the western Caribbean, which has a 30 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 2 days.

As of Tuesday morning, Florence was hurling 130-mph winds.

These alerts are usually issued about 48 hours before storms are set to touch down, when the arrival of tropical force winds would make any last-minute preparation hard.

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