Trump urges ‘incredible’ people in Carolinas to take precautions for Hurricane Florence

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"Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin. Issac is expected to reach hurricane status by midweek and remain a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane as it impacts the Caribbean islands second half of the week. The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced it has canceled classes and issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at noon today.

The governors of Virginia, Maryland, and North and SC have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm. The rapidly growing hurricane-currently circling Bermuda-is expected to make contact with the East Coast early Thursday morning, predicted Wes Hohenstein, chief meteorologist at CBS 17.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday the monster storm will be close to Category 5 strength by Tuesday.

McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, a day after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) made a similar declaration for his state.

Storm Surge and hurricane watches are likely be issued for the Carolina coast - including Southeastern N.C. - on Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm. It's intensity is expected to fluctuate some over the next couple of days.

Millions of Americans are bracing for Hurricane Florence as the Category 4 storm barrels toward the East Coast.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods and mudslides across a region getting lots of rain recently.




Hurricane Florence is carrying winds of up to 140 miles per hour as a Category 4 storm.

Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm.

"Red, no-swimming flags are flying, and everyone must stay out of the water", Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson said.

He also stated that the hurricane's path is liable to change and that Virginians should prepare for "coastal storm surge, inland flooding that may be severe, high winds, and widespread power outages". Helene is a Category 2 hurricane that's blowing winds between 96-110 miles per hour.

It added that maximum sustained winds were near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west towards the Caribbean.

Florence appears to have weakened slightly but is expected to restrengthen later on Tuesday, the NHC said.

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