Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4

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"The National Hurricane Center forecasts additional strengthening for Florence before it reaches the coastline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14", NASA wrote in the description of the video.

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The intensity of the wind and rain we'll see here is dependent on the exact track of the storm.

Deal asked all Georgians to join him in "praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence".

Hurricane Florence is set to reach the southeast coast of the U.S.by Thursday or Friday.

Coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and at least 510,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said. "Trees are blowing down in the wind".

"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks".

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the West Point area, according to the National Weather Service. Eastern, Sept. 12, 2018, as illustrated by the National Hurricane Center.

Early on Friday, the downtown area of the city of New Bern, on the Trent and Neuse rivers near the North Carolina coast, was underwater as emergency crews conducted several rescues, according to reports on social media.

"We are already experiencing heavily impacted traffic on some of the evacuation routes", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".

Prisoners were affected, too. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

Those warily watching Florence have compared it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, weather models showed Coweta County just on the edge of the watch area.

"It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders", President Trump tweeted Wednesday, along with a satellite video of the mammoth storm swirling through the Atlantic.

In Charleston, South Carolina, some residents were making preparations to leave Tuesday while others planned to ride out the storm.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 30 inches (76 centimeters) - or even 40 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'.

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