Hurricane Florence is expected to deliver a direct hit to the Carolinas as early as tomorrow night. Emergency officials have warned 1.5 million residents to heed evacuation orders and seek shelter from the potentially catastrophic storm. It is currently 1,000 km southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. It’s expected to strengthen to near Category 5 status today — meaning, winds of 253 kilometres per hour or higher. Forecasters predict Florence will make landfall on the Carolina coast late Thursday night before stalling for a couple of days and bringing catastrophic rain. A Federal Emergency Management Agency official says this storm will destroy homes and infrastructure and will knock out power for days or weeks. We could see the remnants of Florence here in the GTA as early as Sunday or Monday.
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Yesterday President Trump spoke about the hurricane:
We cannot stress this enough: #Florence poses a very serious threat to people who live far away from the coast. Heavy & long-lasting rainfall 🌧️could lead to CATASTROPHIC flooding🌊 in inland parts of NC, SC, VA & possibly other states. Are you prepared? https://t.co/tXKco1XEd1 https://t.co/tgV6Fp3Dt0
— NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018
Please be prepared for what may be a prolonged outage event. Hurricane #Florence will bring dangerous winds and the potential for heavy rain and flooding across our service territory. Press release: https://t.co/73DattfD2h #scwx #sctweets pic.twitter.com/OGiVbKmcWi
— SCE&G (@scegnews) September 12, 2018