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12 September 2018, 06:54 | Kelvin Horton
A man walks a flooded street in Old Town Alexandria Virginia
FEMA official Jeff Byard said Tuesday, "This is a major storm".
As skies fluctuated Tuesday between heavy showers and occasional bright spots, a certain sunny outlook swaddled Wrightsville Beach, despite the looming arrival of Florence's heavy winds and inundating rains that has prompted widespread evacuations along the southeastern USA coast.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.
He also said the priority will be "deploying the right staff at the right time to meet the need". Many parts of the Appalachians have been saturated with rain over recent weeks, adding to concerns for flash flooding and mudslides inland.
Forecasters say Olivia - with current wind speeds of 65 miles per hour - will make landfall on Wednesday morning.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a mandatory evacuation for a portion of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore in preparation of the impact of Hurricane Florence.
After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.
On Tuesday, the actress shared a snapshot from her days filming the hit show in Wilmington, North Carolina, accompanied by a plea for those living in that town and elsewhere in the state to evacuate.
The slow-moving storm, the most severe hurricane to threaten the US mainland this year, was located about 785 miles (1,260 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT), according to the NHC. "This is a big storm".
Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico. "We are leaving him our generator, but I don't think it's particularly smart of him".
Once Florence makes landfall, it'll be the first major Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season to hit the mainland US. Since then, thousands of people have moved to the coast.
Mr Graham said: "The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going. That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".
The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.
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And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane. Florence is still moving slowly, and could become a hurricane soon, the National Weather Center said.
Strengthening Hurricane Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast
Florence has been moving more toward the west and slightly northwest, potentially making direct landfall coming in from the east. Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954.
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