Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

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‘Storm of lifetime’: Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee

More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia because of Florence, a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour. SC and North Carolina are evacuating people living in vulnerable areas along the coast.

While thousands of Marines and their families have already left Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, there was no mandatory evacuation.

The slow-moving storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, is expected. To reinforce the order to evacuate, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said "This is not a storm that you need to try to ride out. Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". It looks like it will be North Carolina.

To hasten evacuations in SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from the shore. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

So far during in 2018 Atlantic hurricane season there have been nine tropical storms, of which five - Beryl, Chris, Helen, Isaac and Florence - have become hurricanes. In other words, this hurricane will basically stall - pounding the same parts of the Carolinas over and over again. But forecasters say there's an increased chance for tropical storm winds to reach Savannah.

Evacuations were also under way at other bases across the region. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

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An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center. "We're going to stay tight and check on everybody", he said.

"We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", he tweeted.

Over the last several years, Ohio Task Force 1 has aided with hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

Some people have weathered storms before but didn't experience heavy damage.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas.

"We have not been asked to take evacuees yet and will evaluate our capability at the time of the request", Ralston said.

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