Trump urges precautions ahead of 'very bad' Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Is Traveling A Similar Path As A 1933 Storm That Got Very, Very Close To D.C.

As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter indicate that Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen and has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 946 mb making the powerful storm a Category 4. SC governor Henry McMaster also suspended his campaign and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

While evacuation orders are issued by states as a protective action in disaster events such as hurricanes and wildfires, they are sometimes ignored by people - whether it's because they didn't believe the warnings, didn't have the financial means or refused to abandon friends, family or pets.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference his state was in "the bull's eye".

Carrying winds of up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to approach Category 5 status on Tuesday as it slows and strengthens off North and SC.

All interests along the coasts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic are being put on alert for a potential strike from Category 4 Hurricane Florence during the second half of the week.

There is a mandatory medical evacuation in place for hospitals, said Rep. Tim McGinnis in a Facebook post.

The hurricane is expected to "bring life-threatening storm surge, tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes" to Dare and other coastal counties, said the National Weather Service, which has predicted that nine to 12.5 inches of rain will fall in some coastal counties between Thursday and Monday.

SAFFO: Well, we just met with the governor.

NOAA's latest "probable" models see the center of the storm at the North Carolina coast at 2 a.m. EDT Friday and in central North Carolina at 2 a.m. Saturday.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Early on Tuesday, Florence was centred about 975 miles east-south-east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-north-west at almost 15mph.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west towards an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. As many as a million people could leave the coast, the governor said.

Sustained winds Monday afternoon were up to 140 miles per hour.

The governors of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency.

"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. Its hurricane-force winds extend up to 60 miles from the storm's center. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., says climate change also affects another feature of Florence - it's enormous.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1, but cooler water and higher wind shear - winds moving at different speeds and directions - early in the season are less than ideal for tropical systems to gain and maintain strength.

Hurricanes Helene and Isaac are not expected to hit the USA mainland.

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