Trump promises all-out response to Hurricane Florence

Trump promises all-out response to Hurricane Florence

Florence, a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, 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 National Hurricane Center.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others were boarding up homes and businesses and choosing to fearless the storm.

But Cooper said he believed Florence will be "so fierce" that the state needs to provide an "added incentive" for people to leave.

More than one million people in the United States have been asked to evacuate ahead of what could potentially be one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country's East Coast region in decades.

A tropical storm watch was issued for north of the North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

The east-bound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

The president was meeting with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency later Tuesday.

All of those, however, made landfall south of where Florence is predicted to hit, and Florence's wind speeds are predicted to be higher than those four storms.

The storm strengthened from 130 miles per hour to 140 miles per hour and is Category 4, the NHC said. "We're as ready as anybody has ever been". A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said.

"The power will be off for weeks", Long said. "You are going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas, and there will be flooding in the inland areas as well". "There will be flooding in inland areas as well".

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"This storm is going to be a direct hit". "It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina also ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia. He also declared a state of emergency in Virginia.

In Charleston, South Carolina, some residents were making preparations to leave Tuesday while others planned to ride out the storm.

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

Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents.

Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were to close from Tuesday.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through landfall.

"Unlike Puerto Rico they have very strong power companies", he said of the Carolinas and Virginia. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

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