Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Hurricane Florence: Georgia Governor declares state of EMERGENCY for all 159 counties

Hurricane Florence: Georgia Governor declares state of EMERGENCY for all 159 counties

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

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

Early Wednesday afternoon in North Carolina, the storm was centered 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast, moving at 26 kph (16 mph) towards the United States coastline.

"GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide pubic shelter and accommodate those evacuating from their states". In contrast to the hurricane center's official projection, a highly regarded European model had the storm turning southward off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina line.

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said. President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, making it the fifth state to do so, as authorities warned of storm surges and catastrophic flooding.

Hundreds more flights canceled as Florence nears the Carolina coastal area
British Airways will allow all customers who are now booked to travel to Antigua, the Dominican Republic, Providenciales, St. The agency is also warning people in the evacuation areas to leave stating that "This is not going to be a glancing blow".

However, there is also a risk of inland flooding as parts of North Carolina could receive 40 inches (1m) of rainfall.

- Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely unsafe and life-threatening storm.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"But I'm staying", she said.

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said.

"This is a very unsafe hurricane", Mr McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary".

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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