UNC remains open through preparation for Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Set To Hit US East Coast

CATEGORY 4: Hurricane Florence Rapidly Intensifies Into Major Hurricane |

Storm surge flooding is expected to be significant along the low-lying coast of North and SC and Virginia.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE", he tweeted. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas.

"Life-threatening" hurricane and storm surges watches have been issued for huge swathes of the USA southeastern coast as Hurricane Florence barrels across the Atlantic Ocean.

As of Monday night, the president had not yet declared a state of emergency in Virginia, which is also expected to receive damaging rains and winds after the storm makes landfall.

Half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and numerous hog farms are on the storm's path. This map does not indicate the hurricane's size, but it does show the hurricane's current projected path.

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And while it's likely that no one is complaining about the relative quiet, Feltgen said he's confident that residents are taking these warnings about Florence seriously. He warned people living inland of flooding and power cuts.

"We are not going to gamble with the lives of the people", McMaster, a Republican, said. That stalled system set record rainfall amounts in many areas. Tropical storm conditions could hit those areas by Thursday morning, forecasters say. The hurricane is about 580 miles SSE of Bermuda and 1,240 miles ESE of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

The storm's center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and is expected to approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. The governor also waived certain restrictions for trucks and heavy vehicles to help farmers harvest crops and move livestock before the storm, officials said.

The storm will pick up additional strength as it passes over ocean water with sea surface temperatures of up to 85 degrees, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florence was some 2,414km away from the East Coast and moving west at roughly six miles per hour on Sunday morning, according to CNN.

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Authorities in coastal towns have told residents to pick up sandbags and in North Carolina they are already preparing bulldozers and chain saws in case they are needed in any future clean-up and rescue operations.

There have been 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic at least 3 times in the last 9 years so this is not unprecedented. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

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As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans have been preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.

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