Trump declares state of emergency in Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence

Satellite image of Florence in the Atlantic Ocean taken on Sept. 9

NHC director Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas - which could have devastating consequences for residents, reported the Independent.

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 km/h), making it a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 5 a.m. EST. Further, residents and tourists should expect heavy prolonged rain upon the storm's arrival. He told The Chronicle Sunday that once Florence hits land, destructive winds and vast rainfall flooding may take hold of the area.

The center of the hurricane is forecast to move across the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 11-12), before approaching the southeastern coast of the US on Thursday.

Hurricane Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 earlier on Monday, with President Donald Trump taking to Twitter to encourage those in its path to "take all necessary precautions".

Delta Air Lines also issued a notice that it was keeping an eye on the storm and would begin issuing waivers when Hurricane Florence's path became clearer.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Hatteras Island and some other areas of Dare County in North Carolina.

As coastal communities up and down the East Coast prepare for the worst this weekend from Hurricane Florence, Massachusetts need not join them in filling up sandbags and stocking up on bottled water.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this infrared image of Hurricane Florence on September 9, 2018, at 1:10 a.m. EDT (0510 UTC) using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument.

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

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's office said that Florence is already being felt along the state's coast, with large sea swells resulting in life-threatening rip currents and surf.

Hurricane Isaac, churning in the mid-Atlantic Ocean with wind speeds of around 75 miles per hour (120 kilometres per hour), is following closely behind Florence.

"Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water", a Walmart manager told local media in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Once it makes landfall, Florence is predicted to stall and remain over North Carolina for at least 24 hours - increasing the threat of risky flooding, NHC director Ken Graham said on Monday.

The governors of Maryland and Virginia have also declared a state of emergency.

The US Navy said it was preparing to send about 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea.

Three hurricanes are lining up in the Atlantic as if in cue marked by the calendar.

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