Trump declares state of emergency in Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence


"Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a bulletin.

- Isaac is now a strong tropical storm over the Central Tropical Atlantic.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions.

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a series of storm warnings as Hurricane Florence advanced towards the east coast of the country.

The National Hurricane Center predicts Florence will reach the East Coast as early as Wednesday night, and its winds are nearing 140 miles per hour.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. advisory on Tuesday, September 11, Hurricane Florence is expected to re-strengthen later today.

"North Carolina is taking Hurricane Florence seriously and you should too", said Governor Cooper.

Connie Binot, who owns the Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort, S.C., said she will lose a lot of business because of the evacuation order and has no idea when it will be lifted.

Hurricane watches have been issued for the majority of the South and North Carolina coasts. Florence however, exploded from a category 1 storm over the weekend to a category 4 storm to start the week. This general motion is expected to continue for the next few days.

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It has been a calmer than-normal tropical storm season up until this point, yet things are grabbing big: three hurricanes are beating in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Florence quickly moving toward the US East Coast.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 9 mph (15 kph).

Tropical Storm Isaac has officially weakened to a tropical storm, but with 70 miles per hour winds. Helene is moving in a west-northwest direction at 16 miles per hour, as of 11 a.m. EDT Monday.

A surge in the waters off the New England coast is expected to begin as soon as tomorrow, and could lead to some especially high tides and risky rip currents, Simpson says, but that's about it.

Isaac is a strong tropical storm with 60kt sustained winds, now about 675 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and SC, which are now in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm.

Florence is now being measured as a Category Four storm, this means there are sustained winds of about 140mph. Wind will be the second threat.

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.

Gradual weakening was expected Tuesday night and last until Helene returns to tropical storm status Thursday, forecasters said.