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U.S. weather authorities say that as of Wednesday night, local time, Hurricane Florence was moving northwest over the Atlantic and is expected to hit North Carolina on Friday afternoon.
At 1000GMT on 12 September, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h (130 mph), the equivalent of a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, and a minimum central pressure of 946 hPa, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph), the NHC said. Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported.
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The storm is moving steadily toward the Carolinas' coastal areas.
"Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", stated Roy Cooper, North Carolina governor. The forecast "cone of uncertainty" shows that Florence might severely affect the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee by Monday.
In addition to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, five military bases and half a dozen nuclear power plants are also in the path of the storm.
That's because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC. The flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC might be "unprecedented", according to the agency.
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The winds may increase a bit Saturday night, possibly gusting over 40mph, especially in the northern/eastern CSRA. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.
Florence could threaten the largest rainfall event in US history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 whirlwind that settled over Texas and dropped more than 60 inches of rain, turning roadways into rivers, destroying homes and buildings and killing almost 90 people.
Emergency preparations in the region included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia.
Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.
Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.
"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington. "It's going to happen".
"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said.
Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps.
Holly Waters, a retired special education teacher from Wilmington, said she was happy to have a place to go to relax before the storm worsened. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together".
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Nationwide, more than 1,245 flights have been cancelled through Friday , according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. Overall, Florence is approximately400 miles in diameter, according to The Associated Press in a report on September 13.
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Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina , and Roanoke, Virginia, could also be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.
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