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US Military Gearing Up For Hurricane Florence

The order which helps mobilize resources to prepare for the storm directs state agencies to work closely with localities to identify any needs in advance of its possible arrival Hurricane Florence Strengthens, Poses Major Threat to Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
Derrick Tucker | 12 September, 2018, 01:34

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to be a "large and extremely unsafe hurricane" when it arrives. Shortly before 2 p.m., Alert Carolina released a statement noting that until further notice, classes and operations would run as scheduled at the University.

US President Donald Trump has canceled a political rally planned for Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, over safety concerns related to Florence, his campaign said.

States of emergency were declared by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser for the nation's capital; requested by Virginia's governor; and approved by President Donald Trump for North and SC.

Hurricane Florence was located south of Bermuda as of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. report.

"It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Trump tweeted Monday afternoon that the federal government was monitoring the storm and was ready to help.

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Florence remains a category 4 hurricane. This general motion will then continue for the next couple of days.

Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward the Eastern Seaboard as a storm of "staggering" size, forcing a million people to evacuate the coast.

It was centered about 1,230 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west at 13 mph. People living well inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards, he warned.

The National Hurricane Center says a new report from an Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that Hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have decreased slightly to 130 miles per hour (215 kph), with higher gusts. "Don't wait", said Greg Postel, a hurricane expert at the Weather Channel. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center. "We know we can't play around with this", said Jennifer Oosterwyk, who owns the Sugar Britches boutique on Holden Beach and lives in nearby Wilmington. The latest Category 4 to hit the Carolinas was Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

"Probably worst case scenario is next weekend, maybe Saturday and Sunday, we get some remnants of it, but it's really hard to say", says Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in MA", who refers to what's coming our way as at best "a minimal impact".

Areas near where the eye moves inland will likely see catastrophic storm surge and 120-140mph winds. Helene is a Category 2 hurricane that's blowing winds between 96-110 miles per hour. The NHC expects Isaac to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Olivia is expected to remain a tropical storm as it moves over the islands.

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