Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward US coast: NHC

Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward US coast: NHC

Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been urged to stay alert about the dangers of the fast approaching Hurricane Florence.

The warning was issued on Wednesday by the UAE Embassy on its Twitter account.

Like many an East Coast surfer, Barley's been through this before and understands the unpredictability of storms like Florence.

Mr Long said the hurricane would be a "devastating event" and urged Americans to evacuate if they've been asked to leave their homes.

Hurricane Florence has weakened to a category 3 hurricane today, but still poses a threat to areas of Middle Georgia.

The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the United States coast late Thursday and Friday".

Incredible time-lapse footage filmed from a hurricane-hunting plane shows what's it's like to fly through the eye of Florence, the storm that's already forced more than 1 million people to evacuate.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. "We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

More than 10 million people are under storm warnings in the Carolinas and Virginia according to the National Weather Service.

Duke Energy has around 4 million customers in North and SC, and says it could take several weeks to restore the electricity.

Across several eastern states, residents scrambled to leave as the Category 4 storm, with winds of 225kmh, approached.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

"As we have been predicting, this hurricane is unpredictable", McMaster said at a news briefing updating the state's response to Florence on Wednesday. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

However, there is also a risk of inland flooding as parts of North Carolina could receive 40 inches (1m) of rainfall. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

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