1.5m to evacuate as Hurricane Florence approaches US

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Carolinians are smart to be wary of Hurricane Florence's impact on gas, after Hurricane Katrina cut supply lines from the Gulf Coast in 2005, leading to widespread shortages and consumer panic.

The ban is the result of an executive order signed by city manager John Pedersen and issued pursuant to the city's State of Emergency that was declared september 9.

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico. We are ready. We are able, we have got the finest people I think anywhere in the world.

Massive waves from the hurricane will make the rush of water even more risky and damaging, the National Hurricane Center warned.

Currently, the best chances for rain and wind in our area would be Sunday afternoon or Monday, according to NWS officials.

Higher sea levels to make a storm surge worse. "In terms of the storm closures, we made the decision to close those stores with our teams in mind".

The image circles some of the points where the most extreme weather is set to batter the world this week, giving a word of warning about the dangers they pose. "[It will] just dump feet of rain- we're talking 2 to 3 feet of rain- over parts of North Carolina". "It's too early to tell", he added. Up to 15-25 inches is expected in many areas where Hurricane Florence hits. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said. "We just need to figure out how to make it through". "Everyone needs to be very attentive and prepared to move inward".

The Newnan Times-Herald will continue to monitor the Hurricane Florence and share the latest information online at www.times-herald.com, on our Facebook page and in our daily print editions.

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Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

The declaration covers nearly the entire state and includes Coweta County and the surrounding area.

As of 11am local time (3am NZT), Florence, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, was centred 785 kilometres southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 24kmh.

Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 140 miles per hour (225 kph) winds and drenching rain that could last for days.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

For Coweta County, this could mean heavy downpours, flooding, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes.

The Category 4 storm was expected to start hitting the North and SC coasts sometime Thursday or Friday, and should make landfall near Wilmington, N.C., early Saturday morning, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

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