'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for kilometres inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned on Tuesday.

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service, and another 4 million people were under a tropical storm watch.

Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.

South Carolina State Veterinarian Boyd Parr has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate transport of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence.

The centre of the massive storm is forecast to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday along a stretch of coastline already saturated by rising seas, and then meander for days, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.

A Category 4 Hurricane is a force to be reckoned with.

North Carolina and UCF officials stated any tickets purchased through the respective school will be refunded automatically and as quickly as possible.

In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again, on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said.

Virginia is moving its football game against OH to Nashville, Tennessee due to Hurricane Florence's approach.

In addition to strong winds, Florence brings the threat of a devastating storm surge - as high as 6-12 feet in the area from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at Fema, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like". The potential area of impact includes a wide swath of the eastern coastline, with the greatest impacts anticipated in SC and North Carolina.

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The president said the "federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7".

A mother and infant in North Carolina are dead after a tree fell on their home - the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence. "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington.

He warned residents to take precautions "because once this storm is upon us, we're not going to be able to send emergency personnel out to rescue you".

On Tuesday morning, data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft showed that Florence's sustained winds had weakened somewhat from the 140 miles per hour speeds reported earlier.

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and this area of the ocean is seeing temperatures peak near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote. "Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months".

A Category 4 storm has sustained winds from 130-156 miles per hour.

With the remnants of one tropical storm already dumping rain across Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, residents were keeping a close watch on three other storms churning their way across the Atlantic.

The most sweeping orders come from SC, where the entire coastline was given until Noon on Tuesday to leave - more than one million people on the move.

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