Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

"Prepare NOW to evacuate you and your family", Shepherd tweeted Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds an Oval Office meeting on hurricane preparations for Hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018. More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered. "Wherever in North Carolina you are, get ready", Cooper said. The very centre of Florence's bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base. Tuesday's forecast showed 20in or more falling there, part of a wide stretch of rainfall that could total 10in or more over much of Virginia and drench the nation's capital.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) showed the Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour moving WNW at 15 miles per hour.

Although the storm's winds will likely diminish rapidly after making landfall, the heavy rain will persist as it stalls over portions of North Carolina and Virginia. Florence's storm surge threatens more than 750,000 homes in the region, according to the property analytics firm CoreLogic.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway - the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.

That could mean a powerful, slow-moving storm just pounding and soaking Southeastern North Carolina for an extended period of time.

Volvo has temporarily halted production at its SC factory as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeast coast.

How much rain? Some areas along the coast could see as much as 15 to 20 inches, plus a life-threatening storm surge will really ramp up the chances of flooding. He declared states of emergency for North and SC, which frees up help from federal agencies.

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Communities in Florence's path could be without electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said.

"Unfortunately, the models were right", the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center said in a sternly-worded forecast discussion Monday evening.

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.

Airlines including American, Southwest, Delta and JetBlue are letting affected passengers change travel plans without the usual fees.

On Tuesday afternoon, data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft showed that Florence's sustained winds had picked up in speed again, hovering close to 140 miles per hour. "Hurricane-force winds have expanded outward and now extend up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center". Isaac became a tropical storm again approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene was veering northward, no threat to land.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west towards an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

"We must take it very seriously", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said at a Tuesday news conference. "I found that people struggle with the part 2".

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