Officials and Residents Prepare for Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence is now a category four as it moves closer to the east coast packing 130-mile-an-hour winds.
Fox News Correspondent Jonathan Serrie has our report.

“This storm is a monster,”said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

 Officials aren’t mincing works about the danger of Hurricane Florence — currently barreling across the atlantic toward the Carolinas and Virginia.

“We will experience power outages. We will have infrastructure damage. There will be homes damaged. There will be debris on the roads. This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country,” said Jeffrey Byard of FEMA Response and Recovery.

 Forecasters say this isn’t just a coastal problem. The storm will dump rain over multiple east coast states, and could easily cause flash floods in other parts of the region.
 There’s also potential for the storm system to stall over the region and hit an area that’s already saturated.

“Major to record flooding is likely well inland from Florence’s rainfall into early next week,” said Steve Goldstein, NOAA Liason to FEMA.

“We have boats and assets available to be able to rescue people in those flooded zones if that occurs,” added Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis.
 
 More than a million people are under evacuation orders, and multiple states have declared states of emergency– telling people to do what they can to prepare now.

“The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you’ve ever seen.  Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different.  Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster,”added Cooper.

The President commented on the situation this morning– expressing his faith in emergency crews, saying quote, “we are absolutely and totally prepared.”
 
Jonathan Serrie, Fox News
 

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