Trump declares state of emergency in both Carolinas as Hurricane Florence nears

Trump declares state of emergency in both Carolinas as Hurricane Florence nears

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the federal government would spare no expense in responding to the likely damage from Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to hit the Carolina coast later this week.

Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, is howling closer to shore, threatening to unleash deadly pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.

If it makes landfall as predicted, Florence could become the northernmost Category 4 hurricane to hit the US since records were first kept in 1851. The tropical storm-force winds stretch more than 315 miles, which is far enough to reach from Washington DC to Charlotte, North Carolina.

White House officials released a statement Monday saying Trump had declared emergency in SC and ordered Federal assistance for the state in connection with Hurricane Florence.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rain all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions in places that do not usually get much tropical weather. "The full brunt of a major hurricane (Category 4 or so), then perhaps 30 to 40 inches of rainfall if the storm stalls".

Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia on Thursday or early Friday, prompting evacuation orders for more than a million people.

"Let me tell you, this one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in a Facebook video earlier on Tuesday.Citing his 24 years in the National Weather Service, Graham added, "It's one of those situations, you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge. and also the wind".

NC State has worked in partnership with University leadership, West Virginia University officials, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management personnel to arrive at a decision in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and all parties involved.

"In my area, we flooded in 2015". But even the most secure homes could be surrounded by water, or penetrated by wind-launched debris. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

Meteorologists were not certain where Florence would wash ashore, but as of Monday evening landfall was generally expected to be somewhere between Myrtle Beach and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Sailors cast off mooring lines to the Command hospital ship USNS Comfort as the ship evacuates Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for Hurricane Florence in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2018.

Last year, there were 17 named storms. But perhaps the most risky part of the storm is its future speed. This includes cities in the path of Florence such as Wilmington and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.

"Prolonged and exceptionally heavy" rains will also inundate parts of the coast and inland areas, the National Hurricane Center said. They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall.

"Where else can we go? We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

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