Evacuations in USA ahead of Hurricane Florence

Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm. "I want to get them as far away as possible".

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people.

Parts of North Carolina are expected to get 13 centimetres of rain in the coming days.

Many residents were picked up by relatives, while others were moved to a sister facility in Columbia, S.C., said Lee Young, vice president of operations for the facility's parent company, Holiday Retirement. "It's a big one", he said.

The agency has warned of "life-threatening" storm surges along the south-eastern seaboard and freshwater flooding due to a "prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event".

Here are five recent images featuring Hurricane Florence. "This is not a pretty sight". SC announced the decision on Wednesday. "As we continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence and make preparations, Floridians must remain vigilant".

As Hurricane Florence makes its way towards the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia, locals can't help but try to capture their last moments of fun before the carnage that has been forecast.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia. And with the Appalachian Mountains to the west, there could be flooding and mudslides, experts worry.

Hurricane Florence is continuing to move west-northwest and is still forecast to hit North Carolina and SC, bringing destructive storm surges, rain, and wind.

Map shows probable path of Hurricane Florence.

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing.

Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland. The air is holding 10 percent more water that can be dumped as rain.

The "once-in-a-lifetime" storm was due to hit the coast of the southeastern United States tomorrow, bringing winds of up to 130mph and causing a sea surge of as much as 13 feet.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday yesterday as the town appeared to be emptying.

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