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Hurricane Florence top winds dip to 130 miles per hour

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Sandy Nunez | 14 September, 2018, 03:47

The governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's entire 187-mile coastline at noon on Tuesday.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over the road.

For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge.

The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

Florence is now moving west at around 13 miles per hour.

NHC Director Ken Graham also warned of "staggering" amounts of rainfall that may extend hundreds of miles inland and cause flash flooding across the mid-Atlantic region.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst said.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

"We expect it to be at least a major hurricane at landfall", he said.

Florence, has regained Category 4 strength as of mid-day Monday, based on aircraft reports, and may reach Category 5 status as it tracks toward the United States.

Rising water tidelines could surge to as high as 12ft between Cape Fear and Cape Lookout, north of Carolina Beach. The storm is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast, possibly as a Category 4 storm, overnight Thursday into Friday.

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At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other hurricanes, Helene and Isaac.

Florence grew into a major hurricane on Monday morning and was upgraded again to a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength at midday as its top sustained wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour.

Projections Monday showed the storm making landfall in the area of Wilmington, N.C., early Friday morning, but much of SC still could see a significant impact, including high winds, rain and flooding. The governors of both states declared states of emergency.

Trump said in a Twitter message he has spoken to the governors of North and SC and Virginia, adding: "Federal government stands by, ready to assist".

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

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds in 1954.

Hurricane Isaac - which late Sunday became the fifth hurricane of the season - is heading west toward the Caribbean.

Starting then, all roads on I-26 and Route 501 will be directed away from the coast, he said.

The storm is now about 950 miles from the Carolina coast line, but moving in that direction at about 15 mph.

"As we have seen with hurricanes in most recent years, such as Lane in Hawaii earlier this summer and Harvey last year in Texas, feet of rain can fall when these tropical storms stall", Sosnowski said.

Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner load generators as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Wilmington, N.C.