United States beach town braces for powerful Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Set To Hit US East Coast

The University of North Carolina canceled its scheduled home game against the 18th-ranked University of Central Florida in Chapel Hill due to the storm's expected landfall.

The "major" hurricane was about 845 kilometres south-southeast of Bermuda on Monday and moving toward land at approximately 20 km/h, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Wilson County is under a Tropical Storm Watch and could receive anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of rain, Sharp said, with 15 to 16 inches possible in areas.

A state of emergency has been declared in both North and SC.

Hurricane and storm surge watches were in effect from Edisto Beach, S.C., to the North Carolina-Virginia border and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.

Hurricane Katrina intensified to a Category 5 with winds up to 175 miles per hour in the Gulf of Mexico, before striking Louisiana as a Category 3 storm.

This, say experts, will broaden the storm's wind field.

"Re-strengthening is forecast to occur during the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night", said the National Hurricane Center in its latest update. "We are taking Hurricane Florence seriously".

Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area. "That means the more trees that could fall, the more power outages", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

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"You may see a smaller footprint from the operations staff, but. that is what is needed at the time, at this time in the state", Byard said.

The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm.

Since then, the coastal population has grown by thousands of people.

North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling and think about 12ft of water - that, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

As Hurricane Florence churned toward an eventual Eastern Seaboard landfall, more than 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the USA south-east coast on Tuesday.

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.

Although it's hard to attribute any storm's intensification to one specific factor over another, a scientist explained some of the potential reasons to Fox News.

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