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Zach Daniel updates Hurricane Florence (Tuesday 12:30 p.m.)

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A shop owner boards up his Wrightsville Beach North Carolina building

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stripping grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies.

Delta Air Lines said it will cap airfares in airports from Virginia to Georgia, which could be affected by the storm. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee.

The east-bound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

Emergency protective measures will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

The latest NOAA model for the storm adds a new layer of concern for people in the Carolinas, where Florence seems likely to hit at this point. It stretches 340 miles across, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

At 2pm, the storm was centered 1360km southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 28kmh.

"We're ready. We're as ready as anybody has ever been", he said.

"We are sparing no expense".

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Florence may be a "very devastating storm".

"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", UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".

It's a scene that's playing out all along the eastern seaboard as Hurricane Florence continues to churn towards the coast.

"Some strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night". "As the hours click by and we get closer, the odds of this being our greatest disaster increases, unless we see something change that lessens the intensity of the storm".

In the path of the storm are Boeing's and Volvo's factories near Charleston, South Carolina.

"I would say everybody should get out, he said".

Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

Walking his dog along empty streets, Belli said he's well stocked with food and water.

With South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster saying: "Now is the time for your family also to prepare and stay tuned for more updates".

Schools and state parks have closed.

"As there is a mandatory evacuation order in place for our region, our plant is now closed until further notice, a Volvos spokesperson told us".

Florence was upgraded Monday to Category 3, and then quickly to Category 4. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

Florence is the first of three storms brewing in the Atlantic - ahead of Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, which are not expected to threaten the United States mainland.

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