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Track Hurricane Florence as it heads for the East Coast

Track Hurricane Florence as it heads for the East Coast

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's evacuation order applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore. Port of Virginia will halt terminal activities at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Pentagon said Monday it has sent an advance military team to an emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina, to coordinate with federal and state partners in relief efforts.

Two highways in Beaufort County - U.S. 278 and 21 - were being considered for a lane reversal on Monday. Those plans were dropped as the evacuation order was lifted. Schools are also authorized to reopen in those counties, but Beaufort County's emergency management division announced schools there will remain closed indefinitely.

McMaster and Cooper declared a state of emergency in their states, and Cooper had already activated 200 National Guard troops and asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration ahead of the storm so federal help can be made available as quickly as possible. Officials in SC reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so that all major roads led away from the sea to speed evacuations.

Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour and forecasters think it will gain more strength Tuesday or Wednesday.

He added: "Also, most storms coming into the Carolinas tend to move northward, and this storm looks like it's going to stall over the region and potentially bring tremendous life-threatening flooding".

If the latest forecast holds, Florence will strike farther north on the East Coast than any other Category 4 hurricane in history. As they fly in and out of the hurricane's eye, researchers can collect valuable data on the storm's speed, intensity and structure, according to NOAA's Hurricane Hunters website.

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The National Hurricane Center warned on Twitter that there may be a high risk of "storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland".

Other impacts, like potential rain, depend upon what Florence does after it makes landfall, the meteorologist said.

In just the last 24 hours, Hurricane Florence went through an "eyewall replacement cycle", according to hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart with NHC. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

"This is a very risky storm". "The better the predictions are, the earlier the right people will be warned".

Kim Stenson, director of the S.C. Emergency Management Division, said 28 shelters are opening or expected to open soon with the capacity of sheltering about 25,000 people.

Shelters were set up in the area to take in those who could not evacuate.

A long recovery is predicted for the states after the major hurricane hits.


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