'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel US Southeast for days

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Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., on Wednesday as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

Vice President Pence will go to Atlanta on Thursday to review preparations for Hurricane Florence, the Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall later this week. The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the end of the storm.

Hurricane Isaac is now moving through the western tropical Atlantic Ocean but will likely bring heavy rain and damaging winds to parts of the Lesser Antilles later this week.

But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

"But as we put the tracker on you can see by tomorrow morning we're still anticipating this will strengthen into the neighbourhood of 150mph".

Storm surge and hurricane warnings do not extend to Beaufort County, but that could change, said Michael Emlaw, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston. Tornadoes are possible Thursday in eastern North Carolina. "We'll be on the northwest side of storm".

Across the Piedmont, Charlotte could see around 5 to 10 inches of rain.

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President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. "It will be arriving soon".

Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR said the administration was taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Southeast U.S. coast. Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders.

"We will handle it". FEMA and the first responders are out there, they're going to stand through the danger of this storm.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it. It's a big one". North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said crops such as tobacco and corn are in midharvest while sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and cotton are still in the field.

Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour, and is forecast to approach the coastline of the Carolinas by Friday, the National Weather Service said. Winds: Sustained or frequent winds gusts up to or in excess of 74 miles per hour are possible in the Hurricane Watch area Thursday night through Friday.

With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.

"Strengthening is forecast through tonight". This morning, Hurricane models are predicting that Florence will stall over the Carolina coast and make an unexpected shift south toward SC.

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