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Satellite view of risky Hurricane Florence at sunrise

Satellite view of risky Hurricane Florence at sunrise

"This is still a very unsafe storm", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said at a briefing on Tuesday. Damaging winds could also spread well inland in those states and into Virginia, the hurricane center said.

The storm was about 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles - a region still recovering from last year's powerful Hurricane Maria.

Since the hurricane has already amassed wind speeds of 130 miles per hour, the coast could see life-threatening wind, rain, and storm surges.

Stone said relocating animals in the storm zone was not an option for many farmers.

CoreLogic's analysis of the path and intensity of the storm indicates that a wide swath communities along the East Coast, ranging from Charleston, South Carolina to Virginia Beach, Virginia, are vulnerable.

According to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the first responders will be joined by a swift water rescue and urban search and rescue teams.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on September 10 urged North Carolina residents, businesses and visitors not to delay preparations and to follow evacuation orders. "People are doing a pretty good job now".

After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.

President Trump met with federal disaster officials at the White House on Tuesday.

"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different".

"This is probably the only exercise I get this week", she quipped.

Officials said tickets purchased through the respective schools will be refunded automatically and as quickly as possible.

In its own release, Virginia Tech officials had planned to wait until Wednesday to determine the status of the game based on updated storm projections.

"Storm surge has the highest potential to kill the most amount of people", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. It will possibly weaken somewhat as it nears land - but that will hardly change the flooding threat.

Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.

"There's just certain times of year when you just don't want to put waste on fields", said Mike Yoder, an associate director and coordinator for emergency-response programs at North Carolina State University Extension. Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch. The infamous "Hurricane of 1900", which came ashore in Galveston, Texas, before storms were named, still holds that record, having taken between 8,000 and 12,000 lives.

Bloomberg reported September 11 that due to Hurricane Florence's threat to the hog-heavy Carolina region October hog futures jumped as much as 2.9 percent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.

Florence interrupted their almost two-week stay on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

- Storm surge is also a major concern, potentially reaching 13 feet in parts of North Carolina.

"Unfortunately, the models were right", the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center said in a sternly-worded forecast discussion Monday evening. "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

North Carolina has waived transportation rules to help farmers move crops and livestock ahead of the most severe storm to threaten the USA mainland this year. That could bring prolonged heavy rainfall.

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said.

Some of Florence's behavior, both what has been seen so far and what experts expect, show the influence of climate change. Before it pummels the U.S. coastline, Florence could become close to a Category 5 storm - meaning winds could approach 157 miles per hour.

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

Power companies warned residents may be without power for days or weeks.

"It's getting very close to Category 5 sustained winds over the next 36 hours ..."

However, Hubbard said Florence is not expected to have any impact on Canada, given its predicted track into the US mainland, where it will likely weaken considerably on the weekend.

The most sweeping orders come from SC, where the entire coastline was given until Noon on Tuesday to leave - more than one million people on the move.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

Further east, forecasters are watching Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac in the Atlantic, and a patch of showers in the western Caribbean, which has a 30 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 2 days.

Farther to the east, Hurricane Helene is now a Category 2 storm, but it's expected to curve harmlessly northward and weaken in the central Atlantic.

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