Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades,
Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, moved closer to its target and is expected to hit the shore by Thursday. Although Florence is yet to make a landfall, more than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas of North and South Carolina and Virginia.
Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of the three states, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned. Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour), the storm ranked as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said. “This storm is a monster,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. “Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different. Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster.”