Evacuations underway as Florence strengthens to category 4 hurricane

Hurricane Florence, Now a Category 4 Storm, on Track to Hit East Coast

Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas. McMaster on Sunday predicted Florence will likely deliver "a strong hit on SC", though he cautioned that it's still uncertain how bad the Palmetto State will be affected. Hurricane watches in Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe were discontinued, and the Netherlands government issued a tropical storm watch for Saba and St. Eustatius.

The cone "is trying to take in some of the uncertainty and show all areas of risk", Joel Cline, a meteorologist and tropical storm coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told Fox News on Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center's storm surge unit has a map tool that people can use to zoom in and see what could happen to their community depending on the strength of the storm.

Ryan Deeck, a Walmart grocery department manager in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, said, according to Myrtle Beach Online: "Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water". He told The Chronicle Sunday that once Florence hits land, destructive winds and vast rainfall flooding may take hold of the area.

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Forecasters have predicted as much as 20inches of rain in parts of North Carolina, which could cause potentially fatal flooding.

The next National Hurricane Center advisory is scheduled for 5 a.m. Monday.

The storm is moving west-northwest at 17 mph and is 785 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.

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The governor urged residents to begin making their preparations as the entire SC coast remains in the cone of uncertainty. The immediate threat this weekend will be large swells and risky rip currents along the East Coast due to the storm.


"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", Governor Henry McMaster said at a news conference. 'It is big and it is vicious'.

He added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen". Yesterday Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long were at the White House to break down the federal government's preparedness plan.

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman, Col. Robert Manning said, "Northern Command is spending an advanced team to the emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina Monday to conduct an assessment and coordinate with federal and state partners".

Deal cited the storm's "forecasted southward track" in a statement declaring a state of emergency.

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