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12 September 2018, 03:34 | Justin Tyler
Surfers head to the waves Tuesday Sept. 11 2018 in Virginia Beach Va. before the arrival of Hurricane Florence
ABC reported that Boeing has stopped its operations in SC because of the threat.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is encouraging residents to heed the warnings of state and local officials, and said the lines of communication remain open.
So far, American Airlines flights have not been canceled due to the storm, but it is bracing for the worst and letting travelers potentially affected by the storm change their travel dates without paying change fees, normally around $200 plus a difference in fare, as per CNBC.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".
The National Hurricane Centre said it was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher. A Category 5 designation means winds of 253 kilometres per hour or higher.
"It does look a bit similar to Harvey in a sense that it goes roaring into shore and then comes to a screeching stop", said MIT meteorology professor and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel.
Cooper added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen". "Everything that you've been hearing about this storm in terms of its severity is all true". "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said.
President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid.
Trump says the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared".
Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean towards the east coast of the United States.
Flooding and storm surge are a concern for officials in North and SC as they watch Hurricane Florence.
People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes, pull their boats out of the water and get out of town.
The hurricane is gaining pace as it heads for the Carolinas, where 1.7million people have been told to evacuate.
Although Florence was still days from arrival, authorities took extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way.
This should only amplify rainfall totals as the storm's core remains offshore, with access to warm Atlantic waters to regenerate rain-making bands of precipitation.
"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades", Byard said. The vast stretch of a water body, high temperatures, and high air pressure above the thunder clouds are the factors that help to sustain a hurricane.
"Storm surge is always a concern with hurricanes", said Wagstaffe. However, directly beyond the eye is called the "eye wall", which is the most powerful part of the hurricane.
Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20 to 30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.
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