Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

Anna Driver  ReutersBoarded up houses are seen ahead of Hurricane FlorenceÃ??s expected landfall at Holden Beach N.C. Sept. 10 2018

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"

On Parris Island, South Carolina, recruits were ordered evacuated from the Marine Corps' biggest training installation on the East Coast.

Cooper said local governments are typically responsible for issuing evacuation orders in North Carolina, and some localities have already issued orders to evacuate.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday, and predicted that a million people would flee.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.

"On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning "catastrophic damage" can occur".

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the hurricane center said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on September 10 urged North Carolina residents, businesses and visitors not to delay preparations and to follow evacuation orders.

In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as four metres, Florence could dump 38-64cm of rain, with up to 90cm in some spots, forecasters said. "But the effects of this storm will be felt statewide, and I encourage everyone in Virginia to prepare now".

The 8 a.m. forecast changes the storm surge watch for the eastern United States, with the worst impact, a surge of up to 12 feet, expected on a stretch from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. That means high rainfall totals and consequent inland flooding could become a huge concern.

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Florence was about 405 miles south of Bermuda and its center was forecast to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, before approaching the coast of North Carolina or SC on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 8:00 am (1200 GMT) advisory.

The current forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for more than 20 inches of rain where the storm makes landfall.

Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full Southern experience during her 10-week RV vacation: hot weather, good food, handsome beaches and, now, a hurricane evacuation.

While UNC said the school will continue discussions with UCF about possibly rescheduling their game later this season, it remains unclear if the NC State-WVU game will be rescheduled.

He added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

"This is going to be a marathon event", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning".

Boards are set up outside a grocery store before Hurricane Florence makes landfall. "You're going to go back to the pioneer days if you don't have provisions and the ability to cook things".

Isaac is expected to reach landfall in the Caribbean later this week.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph).

The storm was about 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles - a region still recovering from last year's powerful Hurricane Maria.

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