First Advisories Sent for Hurricane Florence in South and North Carolina, Virginia

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The University of North Carolina canceled its scheduled home game against the 18th-ranked University of Central Florida in Chapel Hill due to the storm's expected landfall. According to the US National Hurricane Center, Florence is expected to strengthen further as it is ready to move over the southwestern Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. "It's one of those situations where you're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic, life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds".

The Boeing plant will be shut down on Tuesday to give its more than 6,000 employees a chance safely evacuate ahead of the storm, the airplane maker said in a statement.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 50cm of rain, if not more, with as much as 25cm elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Millions of residents have fled their homes and businesses as the Hurricane nears with a state of emergency being declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Hurricane Katrina intensified to a Category 5 with winds up to 175 miles per hour in the Gulf of Mexico, before striking Louisiana as a Category 3 storm.

But the landfall intensity of that storm was 250 km/h when it hit Puerto Rico, it added.

The NHC said Florence is expected to be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas. "We're taking the necessary precautions to prepare the plant for the impending storm". "The forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing days and days of rain". It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 100km off the barrier island.

"With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of".

A million people have been told to evacuate coastal parts of the eastern United States as Hurricane Florence churns towards the country.

People living on the coastal barrier islands have been issued with a mandatory evacuation order by Governor Cooper for the first time in history. "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling and think about 12ft of water - that, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

"I would say everybody should get out, he said".

"The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds".

The hurricane, which is likely to be a Category 3, with winds of almost 130 miles per hour when it makes landfall, is expected to hit the Carolinas late Thursday night before making its way inland.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

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