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    In this 15 October, 1954 file photo, high tides, whipped in by Hurricane Hazel, shatter boats and buildings in Swansboro, North Carolina, as the storm lashes the Atlantic seaboard. The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like Florence, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch the Carolinas have seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 140mph (AP)
    9/11/2018 7:55:43 AM
    Nearly a quarter of a million people have been ordered to evacuate parts of Virginia.
    Governor Ralph Northam issued an evacuation order for about 245,000 residents in flood-prone coastal areas beginning at 8am local time.
    9/11/2018 7:42:55 AM
    The National Hurricane Centre (NHS) has warned Florence will drop "staggering" amounts of rain.

    NHC director Ken Graham warned the deluge may extend hundreds of miles inland and cause flash flooding across the mid-Atlantic region.

    Forecasts expect 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) of rain in the hardest-hit areas, possibly more if the storm stalls over land, as expected, Mr Graham said.

    9/11/2018 7:32:12 AM
    Supplies are flying off grocery shop shelves as South Carolina prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, local media reports.
    Water in particular was in short supply, WCSC reported, while queues for petrol stretched "out to the streets", a witness said.
    Charleston resident Josh Foster told the site. "It's preventing people from driving and continuing about their day."
    9/11/2018 7:14:44 AM
    Via the Associated Press news agency, a few details about what may be at stake when Florence strikes:
    The storm's potential path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons. 
    9/11/2018 7:02:02 AM
    9/11/2018 6:52:10 AM
    The National Hurricane Centre's latest prediction of Florence's path. The storm is expected to hit on Thursday
    9/11/2018 6:27:34 AM
    The US National Hurricane Centre has said "life-threatening freshwater flooding" is likely once Florence makes landfall, due to an "exceptionally heavy rainfall event".
    The centre said it expected to issue a storm surge warning for the Carolinas and Virginia by Tuesday morning as a "life-threatening" surge was also likely along parts of the coastlines of those states.
    9/11/2018 6:23:15 AM
    Our live coverage of Hurricane Florence returns this morning.
    Millions of people are preparing for what could be the most devastating storm to hit the US eastern seaboard in decades.
    Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
    It is currently a Category 4 storm with winds of 140mph, though observers fear it could strengthen to Category 5 on Tuesday.
    9/11/2018 6:20:10 AM
    9/11/2018 5:30:22 AM
    Here's another look at the breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station Monday.
    9/11/2018 5:30:22 AM
    Here is another look at President Donald Trump's message ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week. The president has not issued a declaration of emergency area, although several governors have done so.
    Those declarations open up funding to be used for disaster response, and to facilitate quicker responses.
    9/11/2018 4:30:22 AM
    The National Hurricane Centre has noted that there is a significant amount of uncertainty to its forecasts. The storm could change direction fairly easily, and could move quicker or slower than current predictions suggest, they say.
    9/11/2018 3:30:22 AM
    Hurricane Florence has reached wind speeds to classify it as a category 4 hurricane, and it has been predicted that the storm will possibly strengthen into a category 5 storm by the time it hits the US.
    Here is an illustration of the impact of various strengths of winds could have on a home.
    9/11/2018 2:50:22 AM
    Here are the states that have so far declared states of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Florence:
    • Maryland
    • North Carolina
    • South Carolina 
    • Virginia
    Other states, like West Virginia, are watching the storm closely, and making preparations in some instances to ensure residents remain as safe as possible.
    9/11/2018 2:20:22 AM
     The sheer size of Hurricane Florence has a completely inland state preparing for the worst.
    In West Virginia — an inland, mountainous state with no coastal borders — Governor Jim Justice has ordered the state's Department of Homeland Security and National Guard to be prepared for potential disaster circumstances.
    9/11/2018 1:50:22 AM
    Locals in the path of Hurricane Florence have some interesting rituals to keep the worst of the storm from impacting their homes, and have set up a Facebook event to shoot guns at the storm in an attempt to scare it away.
    While created in jest, the post proposes a party with umbrellas, umbrella guns, and beer to try and scare Florence off.
    The host of the event does, however, note that discharging a gun into the air is a horrible idea — and that doing so could lead to unintentional deaths.
    9/11/2018 1:20:22 AM
    Over a foot of rain can be expected in some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence, which the National Hurricane Centre says may bring bouts of prolonged rain that could lead to deadly flooding.
    The heaviest rains will be seen in North Carolina and into Virginia, according to weather forecasts, but rain effects from the storm may be seen as far north as New Jersey. Light effects may be seen in New York City, too.
    9/11/2018 12:50:22 AM
    Schools in roughly half the area of South Carolina will be closed starting Tuesday, with many of those facilities being prepared to be used as shelters for people displaced by the heavy winds and rains that Hurricane Florence is likely to bring later this week.
    9/11/2018 12:20:22 AM
    Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence weighed in to offer advice to those in the path of Hurricane Florida.
    He included a helpful link to resources to prepare for a hurricane, which can leave areas without power, smash homes with strong winds, and lead to dangerous flooding.
    9/10/2018 11:50:22 PM
    Here's a fascinating look at the eye of Hurricane Florence, posted on Twitter by a weather forecaster in Philadelphia.

    9/10/2018 11:20:10 PM
    Here's a handy resource showing evacuation routes for areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the southeaster US later this week.
    For those in North Carolina, here's a map of state and federal evacuation routes.
    For those in Georgia, here's that emergency evacuation map
    For those in Virginia, here's the evacuation map (on page 9 of the pdf).
    Here is a helpful link with evacuation information for anyone in South Carolina.
    9/10/2018 10:50:14 PM
    For anyone in the path of the storm, stocking up on supplies now — before the storm actually hits — is advised by officials.
    Residents in areas that may be impacted have been encouraged to create plans for their families, emergency supply kits, and also plans for any pets that may need help during the storm.

    Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the US on Thursday, but tropical storm force winds could arrive even sooner.
    The US federal government has a break down of how to prepare for the storm right here.
    9/10/2018 10:20:14 PM
    The US Navy is moving its ships away from coastal bases in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
    9/10/2018 9:50:20 PM
    Anyone who has ever been in or near a hurricane knows that gas can become very scarce while traffic becomes overwhelming.
    For anyone in an impacted zone having trouble finding gas as the southeastern US prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the app Gas Buddy can be a saving grace that will hook you up with the nearest gas station still in stock.
    As for traffic — the app Waze can help avoid traffic where possible with real-time traffic updates, as can apps such as Google maps.
    9/10/2018 9:20:10 PM
    Here's Vice President Mike Pence on the approach of Hurricane Florence:
    9/10/2018 9:11:02 PM
    The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Centre on Hurricane Florence says that the storm is growing in strength and size. The 5pm advisory says that prolonged rain could lead to freshwater flooding in areas impacted by the storm in the southeastern US, and that storm surges could be deadly.
    A hurricane watch will likely be set by Tuesday morning, according to the advisory.
    9/10/2018 9:07:49 PM
    Here's the latest from the National Hurricane Centre on Hurricane Helene, which is behind both Florence and Isaac in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm is much too far from the Americas to pose any danger at this point.
    9/10/2018 8:50:31 PM
    Here's the latest from the National Hurricane Centre on Hurricane Isaac, which is located further into the Atlantic behind Florence. It is still unclear if it will hit any significant population centres, or come close.
    9/10/2018 8:48:54 PM
    Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Maryland, preparing resources to be used after Hurricane Florence makes landfall south of his mid-Atlantic state.
    The declaration shows that officials up and down the eastern seaboard are taking the coming hurricane seriously, and comes as some experts have suggested that Florence could intensify into a category 5 storm before it smashes into the US between Virginia and the Carolinas later this week
    9/10/2018 8:11:25 PM
    President Donald Trump has reacted to Hurricane Florence, which is barreling towards the eastern US coast.
    9/10/2018 7:48:06 PM
    The American Red Cross has begun partnering with local counties to open emergency shelters that could save lives in areas expected to be hit by Hurricane Florence later this week.
    The shelters are being opened all over, including in at least one county in South Carolina, Horry, where as many as 12,000 people will be able to seek refuge during the storm, according to local media.
    9/10/2018 7:39:37 PM
     If you're curious what it is like inside of Hurricane Florence, some National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane hunters have provided some video.
    Take a look, below:
    9/10/2018 7:05:39 PM
    The director of the National Hurricane Center, Ken Graham, says that Hurricane Florence is likely to slow down as it approaches the Carolinas — which could have devastating consequences for residents both at the shoreline and further inland.

    “When you stall a system like this and it moves real slow, some of that rainfall can extend well away from the center,” Mr Graham said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s not just the coast.”

    The storm could have lasting impacts on the area, he said, and warned that power could go out for a longtime. Residents need to be prepared, he said.

    “Rain plus winds equals a lot of trees down and power outages that could be for an extended period of time,” Graham said.

    9/10/2018 6:40:39 PM
    The governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, has ordered the evacuation of the entire, 187-mile coastline of his state start at noon on Thursday, state politicians who had spoken to the governor told the Charleston Post and Courier.
    The evacuations are intended to make sure that residents and tourists do not stick around for the landfall of Hurricane Florence, which has been described as a deadly storm that could pose serious threats to life in the southeastern United States.
    The planned evacuations also reportedly include areas of the state that are prone to flooding, as the storm is expected to dump heavy rains on the state when it arrives later this week.
    9/10/2018 6:30:39 PM
    At least two airlines have issued change flight fee waivers in anticipation of Hurricane Florence's landfall.
    American Airlines has announced the change flight fee waiver for 23 southeastern US cities, including Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh/Dhurham, North Carolina; Richmond; Virginia and Savannah, Georgia. More details on that waiver can be found here.
    Southwest Airlines has similarly warned of delays or cancellations, and is offering waivers to travelers going through these cities in South Carolina: Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Greenville-Spartanburg. Here is more information for Southwest Airlines customers.
    Other airlines have not yet commented on whether they will provide fee waivers, although Delta has indicated it is monitoring the situation.
    9/10/2018 6:29:53 PM
    Puerto Rico could be in for some storm impacts from Hurricane Isaac, which is expected to lose strength as it approaches the Caribbean but may still bring some heavy wind or rain into the area.
    The US territory was hit hard by last year's hurricane season, leading to thousands of deaths from storm related incidents or illnesses. Much of the island lost power, and remained without power for months.
    9/10/2018 6:15:39 PM
    President Donald Trump has cancelled plans to hold a rally in Mississippi on Friday because of Hurricane Florence.
    "We received confirmation from the White House this morning that the Trump rally has been canceled due to the projected hurricane threat to the East Coast," Jennifer Dunagin, communications director for the Mississippi Republican Party, told The Clarion Ledger.
    The Trump campaign also released a statement, indicating that avoiding a deadly hurricane was the "safest" thing to do given the circumstances.
    9/10/2018 5:44:28 PM
    Astronaut Ricky Arnold has posted some breathtaking photos of Hurricane Florence as it swirls above the Atlantic.
    Mr Arnold has been stationed on the International Space Station since March.
    9/10/2018 5:37:53 PM
    Some meteorologists are seeing signs that Hurricane Florence will be pushed into category 5 territory, based upon what they are seeing from overhead imaging.
    Most predictions say the storm will crash into the US East Coast as a category 4 — though it may be bordering category 5. What happens then is uncertain, but heavy rains and fierce winds will likely bring flooding to areas in the Carolinas and up into Virginia.
    9/10/2018 5:26:02 PM
    It is still to early to predict what exactly might happen when Hurricane Florence hits into the US East Coast, but there are recent examples that might help understand what is in store for the Carolinas.
    Computer simulations show that as much as two feet of water may be dropped on the areas from the Carolinas to Virginia — and that there is a chance that the storm could stall as it hits the coast like Hurricane Harvey did over Texas just last year.
    If those conditions present themselves, that could have disastrous consequences. Those conditions have been seen recently, too, when Hurricane Matthew hit into the eastern seaboard in 2016 and flooded major portions of the Carolinas with deadly waters.
    9/10/2018 4:25:41 PM
    Hurricane Florence has been reclassified as a category 4 hurricane, a quick intensification after being reclassified Monday morning.
    The storm is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the Carolina coast as early as Wednesday evening.
    9/10/2018 4:09:40 PM
    Dare County and Hatteras Island in North Carolina are already being given mandatory evacuation orders in anticipation of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week.
    Computer predictions show the storm strengthening into a category 4 storm — and nearly into a category 5 hurricane — before hitting the Carolina coast somewhere between northern South Carolina and the North Carolina outer banks.
    Here's a map of the evacuation zones declared in Dare County and Hatteras Island in North Carolina:
    9/10/2018 3:52:50 PM
    The National Hurricane Centre has released the following advisories for Hurricanes Isaac and Florence:
    9/10/2018 3:48:53 PM
    The National Hurricane Centre has released an estimate saying that the earliest tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Florence may hit the Carolina coast would be Wednesday evening, but that it is more likely those conditions will arrive Thursday morning.
    9/10/2018 3:46:24 PM
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