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The East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Florence as it continues to strengthen.

Although slow weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday.

Meteorologists are warning of potentially catastrophic flooding in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 40 inches of rain expected in parts of SC.

Shelves at a store in Raleigh, North Carolina, emptied of supplies as people stock up ahead of Hurricane Florence. Other companies such as Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines have all issued special travel advisories. Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported. "It's going to be really, really bad along the coast", Trump said. As Florence bounces along the southeastern coastal states, rain totals are expected to rise.

So far, more than one million people along the coasts of North and SC and southern Virginia have fled.

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Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia. The last Category 4 hurricane to plow directly into North Carolina was Hazel in 1954, a devastating storm that killed 19 people and destroyed some 15,000 homes.

Forecasters have adjusted Hurricane Florence's projected path, saying that after it makes landfall, it is likely to take a more southerly route than expected.

The National Hurricane Center measured wind speeds of over 50 mph 100 miles out from Florence's center. "Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday, and move slowly through early Saturday".

United States officials issued a hurricane warning for more than 300 miles of coastline as more than 1.5 million people were told to evacuate. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said. They were expecting to be in SC for 10 to 14 days, according to a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer.

Marshall: Well, if it does follow the path of come more toward Charlotte, when can we expect to see the greatest effect here in the Charlotte region?

"They have no idea what "overwash" of an island will do to a home, what the wind could do to your home and what to do to your home to make it safer after you evacuate".

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