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13 September 2018, 12:58 | Justin Tyler
Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas
"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".
Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.
But despite the potentially devastating hurricane, forecast to make landfall on Friday with 130mph winds, people tried to offer some "relief" in the silence before the storm.
"I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".
Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.
As of 2 p.m., the storm was centred 435 miles (700 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph (26 kph).
He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.
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". "Everyone was sold out", she said. The location was determined based on the track of Hurricane Florence and lodging availability, along with lessons learned from recent past difficulties returning home to an area impacted by widespread flooding.
The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm.
"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.
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Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC . In Virginia , mandatory evacuations began Tuesday for about 245,000 residents in a portion of the Eastern Shore area.