Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11.
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Meteorologists have given Hurricane Florence, which is now heading towards the U.S., a category four level strength, meaning the storm could cause major structural damage costing millions.
"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country".
Either way, rain is expected across the United Kingdom during the coming week.
Thousands of residents in North and SC have fled their homes as Hurricane Florence, the biggest of the extreme weather conditions on the map, looks set to tear its way through the eastern seaboard.
He did confirm models were picking up on some wind shear - when wind blows in the opposite direction and disrupts a system - entering the equation around the time of expected landfall late Thursday into Friday.
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Flooding and storm surge are a concern for officials in North and SC as they watch Hurricane Florence.
Experts say this could be the strongest storm to hit the Carolina coast in more than 60 years. "Nonetheless, there still would be a very life threatening storm surge of somewhere around 10 to 15 feet".
SC has been hit by two further Category 4 hurricanes since: Hurricane Gracie in 1959, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
This remarkable satellite image shows Hurricane Florence is one of just nine potentially risky storms now circling around the world.
The storm's first effects were already apparent on barrier islands as risky rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. Up to three feet of rain could fall in some areas in a short period of time.
In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 12 feet (3.7 m), Florence could drop 20 inches to as much as 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain in places, posing the risk of deadly flooding miles inland, forecasters said.
Sunny skies will give way to clouds and light rain on Thursday, as Florence moves closer to the coast.
The largest airlines in the US aren't the only carriers waiving change fees for Florence. It caused $108 billion in damage, making it costliest hurricane the country has ever seen.