Millions prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches Southeast coast of the U.S.

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

The startling stats that show the power of Hurricane Florence

After Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey forced college football, cancelations and time changes a year ago, Hurricane Florence is scheduled to hit the east coast on Thursday night or Friday morning, likely walloping North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and the surrounding states with winds of at least 140 miles per hour and up to 20 inches of rain.

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, "is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night" and has triggered a hurricane watch for all of North Carolina and part of SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Due to potential emergency conditions that appear likely due to Hurricane Florence, South Carolina will make temporary exceptions to the regulations governing the importation and exportation of animals coming into and leaving South Carolina", Parr said.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour), the storm ranked as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said.

Volvo has temporarily halted production at its SC factory as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeast coast.

NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 300 miles across three states.

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- Florence is forecast to stall near the South Carolina/North Carolina coastline into Friday night and then drift towards Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

If the storm tracks further west than anticipated, weather along the Cumberland Plateau could turn "a bit more showery and breezy", the NWS said, "but for now things are looking pretty good for the Mid-State". All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before". Shutdowns also were possible at two more plants in the path of predicted hurricane-force winds. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places. Once Florence makes landfall we'll have a better idea in Virginia what we'll be dealing with. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening. "We are sharing information with local officials so they can prepare".

Florida State, Florida and Miami also had games affected a year ago.

Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations. It's expected to strike far north of where Hurricane Hazel arrived, close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border, in October 1954.

He says the peanut crop could use some rain after a very dry August, but certainly doesn't need the amount of moisture Florence is expected to deliver.

The auto park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?" "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it". It's now predicted to make landfall somewhere north of Wilmington, N.C., before its center heads inland toward the cities of Raleigh and Durham.

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