Over 1 million people evacuated from coast as Hurricane Florence bears down

Hurricane Florence

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a statewide coastal evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to slam into the Carolinas as a Category 4 monster storm.

Some of Florence's behavior, both what has been seen so far and what experts expect, show the influence of climate change.

"Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".

In Virginia, mandatory evacuations will begin on Tuesday morning for about 245,000 residents in a portion of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore area, Governor Ralph Northam said.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham also warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding.

Hurricane Florence, carrying winds of up to 140 miles per hour as a Category 4 storm, is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm later on Tuesday.

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That means the hurricane will be dumping rain over multiple East Coast states, and it's not just a coastal problem.

President Donald Trump exhorted residents to follow officials' instructions.

"This is a multi-day event", Heden said. And in Virginia, No. 13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina - which has already called off classes for the rest of the week as of Tuesday afternoon - while Virginia hosts OH in afternoon games.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour.

If Florence makes landfall as a Category 4 in North Carolina, it would be the strongest storm to come ashore that far north on record.

Although the focus on where Hurricane Florence makes landfall is drawing lots of attention, another looming threat could be the worst impact of this monster storm: disastrous, deadly flooding from days of relentless rain.

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The storm was edging closer to the U.S. and was 975 miles (1570km) east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"After 48 hours, a slight increase in southwesterly shear could result in some weakening, but Florence is expected to remain an extremely unsafe hurricane when it approaches the USA coastline".

The first effects of what forecasters are already calling a large and extremely risky hurricane were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway.

United States airlines are allowing passengers to change their travel plans as Hurricane Florence threatens the east coast.

Hurricane Florence was still a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday morning but had weakened, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. A Category 5 storm has the potential to cause catastrophic damage.

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast. And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically been at its highest. The storm is now about 950 miles from the Carolina coast line, but moving in that direction at about 15 mph.

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Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

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