Florence forces evacuations, those staying 'playing with their life,' official says

Florence forces evacuations, those staying 'playing with their life,' official says

Florence forces evacuations, those staying 'playing with their life,' official says

"These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction [as] the storm's motion".

The "earliest reasonable time" that tropical-storm-force winds could arrive in the Carolinas is late Wednesday, and the most likely time is Thursday morning, said the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane is gaining pace as it heads for the Carolinas, where 1.7million people have been told to evacuate.

The footage was captured by one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Hurricane Hunters, planes given whimsical nicknames that chase down storms - "Kermit" and "Miss Piggy". "You can replace your property, but you cannot replace you".

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded to a category 3 storm, is expected to hit late Thursday or early Friday in the Carolinas, where an estimated 1.5 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders.

The size of the storm surge - the amount of rise in seawater above normally dry land at the coast - if the storm's maximum surge combines with high tide. Florence's deluge will extend inland for hundreds of miles, which would flood virtually every river and stream in the Carolinas.

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

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Major evacuations are taking place, and dire projections are being generated by forecasters as they scramble to inform people so they can stay safe from a storm that will bring high winds, a powerful storm surge, and intense rain. More than 5 inches of rain is expected along a 570 mile-long stretch of the eastern United States, including periods of "heavy and long-lasting rainfall", says the National Hurricane Center.

"My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years".

And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties.

On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning it is capable of causing "catastrophic damage".

Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said.

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Even though its winds won't be quite as strong, Florence could be much worse by many other measures.

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