FEMA Warns Residents to 'Take Action Now' Ahead of Category 4 Hurricane Florence
Those living within the path of quickly-growing Hurricane Florence were advised on Tuesday to "take action now" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Florence, currently a Category 4 hurricane, is headed toward the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states with 140 mph winds and is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday.
More than 1.5 million people in the massive storm's path have been ordered to evacuate.
FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard warned residents in a press conference to expect infrastructure damage, power outages, and that the storm "has the potential to cause loss of life."
"We cannot emphasize the importance to take action now," he said.
President Trump approved an emergency declaration for North Carolina on Monday, and tweeted that his administration will be there for to help those in need.
Was just briefed via phone by @DHSgov @SecNielsen and @FEMA @FEMA_Brock, along with @VP Mike Pence and Chief of Staff, John Kelly on incoming storm which is very dangerous. Heed the directions of your State and Local Officials - and know that WE are here for you. Be SAFE! pic.twitter.com/sN8D5NvrBa
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said during a press conference on Tuesday that his state "must be vigilant" in preparing for such an "unpredictable" storm.
"We are in a very deadly and important game of chess with Hurricane Florence," he said.
Hurricane #Florence continues to strengthen, max winds are now 140 mph. Further strengthening is forecast and it is expected to be a large and powerful hurricane as it nears the East Coast.
See below for a 1-stop page for the latest #Florence info:https://t.co/XbtNO0LrGq pic.twitter.com/9j0oJe6H8V
— NWS (@NWS) September 10, 2018
Scientists have also warned that the waters of the Atlantic have been unusually warm, which could ramp up the storm's winds to make it close to Category 5 intensity.
He said some models predict as much as 30-40 inches of rain for some areas due to the storm surge and heavy rain.
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