Hurricane Florence Is 'Extremely Dangerous' As It Heads Towards East Coast

Plywood displaying messages protects window and doors of a property ahead of Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Residents along the East Coast are being warned to evacuate as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the coast of the North and South Carolina. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall late Thursday night, and forecasters are concerned that it might stall and drop over 40 inches of rain in some areas. 

“It’s a very dangerous storm – heed the warnings and evacuate if you are in one of those zones. Today is the day,” Jeff Byard, associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said. “This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.”

Along with high winds and heavy rains, residents along the coast will have to deal with life-threatening storm surge that could reach 13 feet in some areas. 

Over five million people live in areas that are under a hurricane warning or watch and many of them have been ordered to evacuate. Many residents have left, while others are staying as long as they can to board up their homes and prepare for the monster storm. Most stores have run out of bottled water and canned goods after residents who have decided to ride out the hurricane stocked up on supplies.

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