Hurricane Florence: Georgia declares emergency ahead of 'monster' storm

Hurricane Florence: Georgia declares emergency ahead of 'monster' storm

Hurricane Florence: Georgia declares emergency ahead of 'monster' storm

Moving and storage company U-Haul will offer 30 days of free storage at its facilities across the Carolinas and Virginia as Hurricane Florence begins to bear down on the U.S. East Coast.

Hurricane Florence, the monster Category 3 storm taking aim at the North and SC coastline, is expected to make landfall by the end of this week and bring with it devastating wind, rain and storm surge.

"The President reinforced this is a risky storm, and everyone in evacuation areas should follow the advice of Governor McMaster to evacuate while there is still time", Graham added. "You can replace your property, but you cannot replace you".

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement.

"I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm". About 1.7 million residents have been urged to flee from parts of North and SC.

"We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", Trump tweeted.

Some 38cm (15in) to 64cm (25in) of rain is forecast in some areas - with up to one metre (40in) at the centre of the storm.

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"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said.

Wednesday afternoon's announcement came after a Wednesday morning forecast that predicted a slight southern shift in Florence's path that could increase the impact in the Midlands. Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Many residents appear to have evacuated, but others say they will ride it out.

On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning it is capable of causing "catastrophic damage". Even scarier: It could get more intense as it gets closer to the Carolinas. The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations.

A store's bread shelves are bare as people stock up on food ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 11, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

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