These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

'This is a big storm': Results could be catastrophic

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. The storm, which is likely to intensify to a Category 4 storm early Thursday, is likely to flatten homes, snap power poles and lead to massive "catastrophic" flooding.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that Florence is expected to linger once onshore, downing trees, knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding.

If the storm is moving west, as Florence is projected to do after making landfall near Wilmington, N.C., the right side of the storm would be to the north of the storm, NOAA said.

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

Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator Jeff Byard said: "This is not going to be a glancing blow. When you slow a system down that has tropical water with it, it is just going to dump rain".

A police vehicle patrols the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S. September 11, 2018.

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Hurricane Florence strengthened into a Category 4 storm at noon Monday as it continues barreling west toward the USA coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds are 65 miles per hour (100 kph) and it is moving west at 14 miles per hour (22 kph).

Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn.

"This will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range", Myers said.

The center of the storm is expected to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and will approach the Carolinas by Thursday.

The storm's 175-mile (282 km) wide "cone of probability" suggests the storm will likely hit North Carolina's coast near Cape Fear, but storms fall outside the cone one-third of the time, according to The Weather Channel.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. Sharp added that some areas could see flooding where he hasn't flooded before. He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

About 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes before the storm-categorized as a Category 3 on Wednesday-makes landfall, which it is expected to do on Friday. Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

"I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain", said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane.

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