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Hurricane Florence evacuations expand, with 'disaster at doorstep'

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Elijah Vega | 16 September, 2018, 11:59

More than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds, CNN reports.

Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast of North Carolina or SC in the on Thursday and Friday.

Despite the potentially devastating hurricane being downgraded to category two on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the governor of Georgia has joined his counterparts in Virginia and the Carolinas in declaring a state of emergency. For storm surge, people should evacuate, while for wind, they can stay in place in a strong structure as long as it's away from flood-prone areas, Knabb said.

While a small craft warning and a high surf advisory will be in effect for Barbados from 6 p.m. tomorrow until further notice, no storm watch or warning has been issued, at least for now.

"Don't concentrate on the exact forecast track of Hurricane Florence", the National Weather Service warned.

U.S. media say more than one million people have been ordered to evacuate.

He said: We are ready but this is going to be one of the biggest ones to ever hit our country.

"From 8am until 2pm we were slammed", said Johnson, who sold scores of bags of sand over the weekend, saving just a few to barricade the store's own doors.

Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas
Cooper warned: "Don't drive through water, no matter how confident you feel or how much you want to get out of the house. Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths .

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor added.

In addition to inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

Jeff Byard, who is the FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, said that Florence is "a very unsafe storm", Fox News reported.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life. Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.

According to the NHC, maximum sustained winds remain near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts and gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days. Isaac continues to move westward at 20 miles per hour or 31 km/h. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

The local authorities declared the state of emergency across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to the approaching of the Hurricane Florence, while millions of residents of the coastlines have been asked to leave their homes.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

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