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'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

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Frank Williams | 13 September, 2018, 09:57

Forecasters are expecting Hurricane Florence to wallop the southeastern USA coastline, and more than 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

Past history suggests this might prove disastrous. Prisoners who outlasted Hurricane Irma described cells covered in mold, urine, and feces, and prison guards spoke out about the horrors of conditions.

President Donald Trump - who was criticised for his response to the deadly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year -has said the White House is "absolutely, totally prepared" to provide aid once Florence hits.

Trump tweeted about the danger to Georgia Wednesday, saying, "Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia".

The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the US East Coast.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said.

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The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked at 120 miles per hour (193 km per hour), down from a peak of 140 mph a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4.

According to analytics firm CoreLogic, the hurricane could wreak more than $170billion (£130billion) in havoc and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses.

Eighty firefighters from Montgomery County, Maryland, departed for Columbia, South Carolina, early on September 12 to assist in search and rescue operations that may result from Hurricane Florence.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

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