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Trump Warns About Looming Hurricane Florence


President Donald Trump has issued a number of serious warnings ahead of Hurricane Florence hitting the Carolinas.

He sent a series of precautionary messages on Twitter Monday night. He appealed to the people of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to be prepared, saying that he received information that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in these states, affecting more than a million people. South Carolina's Governor has given the entire coastline until noon Tuesday to leave.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington also ordered a mandatory evacuation of students.

The President alerted the public after he was briefed by Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff John Kelly, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and FEMA Administrator Brock Long on the incoming storm, which has been anticipated as "very dangerous".

Trump said he also spoke with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam regarding the storm, and assured that the "Federal Government stands by, ready to assist 24/7."

In an earlier advisory, the National Hurricane Center had forecast, saying, "Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday."

Meanwhile, in its latest Advisory, NHC said reconnaissance aircraft found that Florence has weakened slightly.

FEMA chief said slight weakening can happen, but it cannot be overstated. Brock Long maintained that Florence is still a dangerous storm. "If you are told to evacuate, it is crucial that you listen. Plan to be out of the affected area for an extended period of time as Florence will have extensive impacts", he added.

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