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Strengthening Hurricane Florence eyes Carolinas, 1 million ordered to evacuate

Forecasters expect Hurricane Florence to make landfall as a dangerous major hurricane. (Source: NHC) Forecasters expect Hurricane Florence to make landfall as a dangerous major hurricane. (Source: NHC)
NOAA says that Florence is increasing in size as it heads toward the Eastern seaboard. (Source: NOAA) NOAA says that Florence is increasing in size as it heads toward the Eastern seaboard. (Source: NOAA)
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    (AP Photo/Mic Smith). Walker Townsend, at right, from the Isle of Palms, S.C., fills a sand bag while Dalton Trout, in center, holds the bag at the Isle of Palms municipal lot where the city was giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Floren...(AP Photo/Mic Smith). Walker Townsend, at right, from the Isle of Palms, S.C., fills a sand bag while Dalton Trout, in center, holds the bag at the Isle of Palms municipal lot where the city was giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Floren...

    Florence is forecast to close in on North or South Carolina on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

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    Monday, September 10 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-09-10 18:09:28 GMT
    Hurricane Florence became a dangerous category 4 storm on Monday, with an expected landfall later in the week somewhere in the Carolinas. (Source: NOAA/CNN)Hurricane Florence became a dangerous category 4 storm on Monday, with an expected landfall later in the week somewhere in the Carolinas. (Source: NOAA/CNN)
    Hurricane Florence became a dangerous category 4 storm on Monday, with an expected landfall later in the week somewhere in the Carolinas. (Source: NOAA/CNN)Hurricane Florence became a dangerous category 4 storm on Monday, with an expected landfall later in the week somewhere in the Carolinas. (Source: NOAA/CNN)

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(RNN) - The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for the Carolinas on Tuesday as millions braced for the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

After weakening earlier in the day, Hurricane Florence regained its punch as evening approached.

"Further strengthening is forecast tonight and Wednesday," the NHC said Tuesday.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in declaring states of emergency. More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate as the storm advances.

Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday. Many major roads and arteries have reversed traffic flow to help those evacuate quickly.

At 2 a.m. ET, Hurricane Florence was 625 miles southeast of Cape Fear, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 140 mph and moving to the west-northwest at 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 60 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 175 miles from the center of the storm.

Florence could be the most powerful storm to hit the Carolinas since Hurricane Hazel in 1954, which came ashore at the border with North and South Carolina, killing 19 people in North Carolina and causing catastrophic damage along the coast.

A storm surge warning has been issued from South Santee River, SC, to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, VA, and for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

Expected to make landfall by early morning Friday, most likely along the coast of North Carolina, the impact of the Category 4 storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, dangerous surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north South Carolina and Virginia, from 15 to 25 inches, with isolated spots that may receive 35 inches, causing life-threatening flash flooding.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide. 

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including The Neuse and Pamlico River, may experience storm surge from 9 to 13 feet. 

Other areas facing a surge include:

  • North Myrtle Beach to Cape Fear, 6 to 9 feet
  • Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet, NC, 6 to 9 feet
  • South Santee River to North Myrtle Beach, SC, 4 to 6 feet
  • Ocracoke Inlet to North Carolina/Virginia Border, 4 to 6 feet
  • Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, 2 to 4 feet

A number of major airlines issued travel advisories for areas expected to be hit by Florence, including American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit and United, CNN reported.

Forecasters expect the storm to linger over the Carolinas once it makes landfall, dumping rain, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told the Associated Press.

The hurricane will also bring large swells to the U.S. coast and Bermuda.

The Atlantic and Pacific basin has become very active recently, with the weather map dotted with tropical disturbances.

Hawaii is bracing for Tropical Storm Olivia, which could reach the Pacific island by Wednesday, KHNL reported. Portions of the island state are under a tropical storm warning ahead of the storm's impacts.

The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, the impacts of which will begin to be felt Tuesday night.

In the Atlantic basin, forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Hurricane Helene, heading north in the Atlantic, isn't expected to cause the U.S. any issues, the NHC said.

And that's not all. Two disturbances - one in the Caribbean and one well out in the Atlantic - stand moderate changes of developing into tropical storms, forecasters said.

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    (AP Photo/Chuck Burton). Members of the Civil Air Patrol load cars with MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton). Members of the Civil Air Patrol load cars with MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
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