Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) praised President Trump's actions ahead of Hurricane Florence on America's Newsroom on Wednesday.

The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall along the eastern U.S. coast on Thursday. It could potentially stall along the southeastern coast upon making landfall, bringing prolonged wind and rain.

Jeff Byard, FEMA's associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, said on Wednesday that the hurricane could pack "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast."

Burr commended President Trump's signing of emergency orders in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virgina, the three states expected to be the most heavily-affected by Florence.

"The federal and state response and preparation to this point has far exceeded anything I've seen in my previous 25 years," he said.


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Burr also commended FEMA's pre-positioning of equipment and resources, as well as the early decisions by officials to ensure safety.

In a video message on Wednesday, President Trump reassured that the federal government is ready to assist.

"I've never seen as well-coordinated of an effort [than what's] being put on right now," Burr said.

He also echoed the calls from other politicians and urged residents to heed notices to evacuate ahead of the massive storm.

"This is an incredibly dangerous storm with a very unpredictable path," he said.

Florence could potentially dump nearly 40 inches of rain in isolated areas of the Carolinas.

Watch more above, and follow the storm's track below.



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