Florence, a Category Four storm, is bearing down on the U.S. east coast with sustained wind speeds of 220kph (140mph). It’s expected to make landfall on September 13 near Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Category Four is the second-highest hurricane category.
President Donald Trump said it would be “one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years”.
He added: “Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!”
My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years. Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!
The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned residents of the Carolinas and Virginia that a “life threatening storm surge is likely along portions of the coastlines”.
Mandatory evacuations affecting up to one million people have been ordered in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Trump gave the green light for emergency declarations in the Carolinas. He said he spoke with the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. “Federal Government stands by, ready to assist 24/7.”