Hurricane Florence weakens slightly, expected to reach Carolinas as Cat 3

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Meteorologists have given Hurricane Florence, which is now heading towards the USA, a category four level strength, meaning the storm could cause major structural damage costing millions.

Storm surges up to 3.9 meters (13 feet), the possibility of tornados and nearly a meter of rain in some areas of North and SC were expected when Hurricane Florence makes landfall late Thursday. 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.

James Fuller helps board up his friends house in Swansboro, North Carolina on September 12, 2018 in advance of Hurricane Florence. Yesterday officials in Beaufort County, home to Hilton Head Island, held a news conference and urged people to leave voluntarily.

Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"But I'm staying", she said.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep", and "tens of thousands" of buildings may be flooded.

Hurricane Helene is heading north to open sea off the coast of the USA and now poses no danger to land after the storm hit cooler waters in the Atlantic.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing. "We've just never seen anything like this".

Two other tropical storms - Isaac and Olivia - have also been in the vicinity this week, with the National Weather Service estimating that some 10.15 million people lived in areas under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings.

Across the Carolinas, people are preparing for what experts believe could be a devastating storm.

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