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September 8th Evening Florence Update

The latest storm track released by the National Weather Service shows Florence moving inland Friday morning as a weaker hurricane, and possibly continuing west into central North Carolina Saturday morning.

The storm weakened slightly and has 130 miles per hour winds, but it is still a major Category 4 hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

It warned the storm would be "an extremely unsafe major hurricane" by the time it made landfall, forecast in the Carolinas on Thursday.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina also ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged his state's residents to get ready, noting the storm was generating swelling waves and risky currents.

At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,085 miles (1745 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered an evacuation of his state's entire coast and predicted as many as one million people would leave their homes.

Given the uncertainty and time it takes to evacuate, officials in North Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Dare County and Hatteras Island.

"It's not just the coast", Mr Graham said.

We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit.

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"They cancelled school for the rest of the week here, so we'll probably head out later today or tomorrow", one man said.

The governor warned residents that Florence was gaining strength and that the winds would likely be higher than other recent hurricanes.

At its closest approach to the territory, it is expected to be a tropical storm with top winds of 65 miles an hour.

Asked to respond to South Carolinians who say he issued evacuation orders prematurely, McMaster said: "This is a very unsafe hurricane, and we do not want to gamble with a single life of a single South Carolinian".

Rain from Hurricane Florence falling on this saturated ground will bring a widespread and severe flooding event.

By noon on Monday, Florence had top sustained winds of 130mph.

It is forecast to make landfall in the southeastern states of North or SC on Thursday.

"We are not going to gamble with the lives of the people", McMaster, a Republican, said.

The city of Wilmington in North Carolina is expected to be the first major city hit by the storm.

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