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Florence could hit with punch not seen in more than 60 years

Millions of Americans are preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the eastern seaboard in decades, with mandatory evacuations already issued for parts of three east coast states.

At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). "Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" Trump tweeted, adding: "WE are here for you".

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on September 10 urged North Carolina residents, businesses and visitors not to delay preparations and to follow evacuation orders.

The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over the road. It goes without saying that SC farmers don't need yet another major weather challenge this year after having so many weather disasters in the past.

As for travelers, airlines serving destinations in Florence's projected path have started waiving change fees and are expecting widespread delays and cancellations.

Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20 inches over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 30 inches in some places.

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Communities in Florence's path could lose electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said.

"Everyone who is staying here is either a real old-timer, someone who doesn't know where would be better, or someone involved in emergency operations one way or another", said Fox.

DAT Solutions reported the Labor Day holiday and the need to position freight ahead of Hurricane Florence led to an increase in spot truckload van and refrigerated freight rates during the week ended September 8. Charlotte, North Carolina could take a direct hit, according to the National Weather Service.

Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west towards an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Some forecasts call for Florence to stall out after it strikes the coast.

The Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states are bracing for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm which is teetering on becoming stronger before landfall later this week.

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Still, the hog industry disputes the idea that there's much environmental risk from the waste lagoons, said Andy Curliss, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Pork Council. "This is the craziest one".

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She and her husband would decide Tuesday morning whether to evacuate their family of two kids and a dog, said LaRoche.

If it makes landfall as predicted, Florence could become the northernmost Category 4 hurricane to hit the USA since records were first kept in 1851. And out here we're so fragile.

"The coal-ash sites are very vulnerable to this hurricane and any other", said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The "extremely risky major hurricane" is predicted to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday morning, dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas and wind gusts in the 140 miles per hour range, says the National Hurricane Center.

An evacuation order from Virginia governor Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore.

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