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How wide is Hurricane Florence?

How wide is Hurricane Florence?

North Carolina's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the state's barrier islands as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

In the case of these recent flights, the hurricane hunters helped confirm that "Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major storm through Thursday night", according to the National Hurricane Center.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have all declared a state of emergency and told residents to prepare for flooding and power outages.

Hurricane Florence is gearing up to pound the eastern US coastline as it racks up maximum winds of 220 km/h, making it an "extremely dangerous" storm system which strength is only expected to grow.

The water could rise 6 to 12 feet in the area of Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, says the National Hurricane Center.

The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with an expected landfall late Thursday.

Florence is now a strong Category 2 hurricane with 105 miles per hour sustained winds.

Storm surge flooding is expected to be significant along the low-lying coast of North and SC and Virginia.

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That width measures the tropical force winds generated by Florence, which Anderson said were blowing at speeds from 39 to 73 miles per hour.

- Residents and visitors on South Carolina's coast are ordered to evacuate beginning at noon on Tuesday. As Axios noted, many areas in the path of the storm have not seen hurricanes of this strength for decades-like Charleston, South Carolina, where the last Category 4 storm was Hugo in 1989.

"Life-threatening flash floods" are now being predicted as the storm brings "very heavy, prolonged rainfall" across a large portion of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic, said a tweet from the National Hurricane Center. Eastern on Tuesday, Hurricane Florence was between 200-250 miles wide, according to Doug Anderson with the National Weather Service office in Columbia, South Carolina.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response. "That, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

"All indications are that the storm will slow down and just crawl or meander over the inland sections and the coastal Piedmont", Weather Channel hurricane expert Bryan Norcross said.

Up to 15-25 inches is expected in many areas where Hurricane Florence hits.

"We've never seen anything quite like this, on the East Coast at least", he said.

"Don't concentrate on the exact forecast track of Hurricane Florence. We are taking Hurricane Florence seriously". The current forecast for both the impact and aftermath of the hurricane would require those officials to divert critical resources from what could be much more significant duties. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.