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As Florence bears down on U.S. coast, 1 million told to flee

11 September 2018

South Carolina on Monday ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate its coast as the state and neighboring North Carolina brace for a hit from Hurricane Florence. The storm had winds of 130 miles per hour and was due to gain strength before making landfall.

By noon EDT (1600 GMT) on Monday, Florence was about 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and was a Category 4, the NHC said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was likely to occur early Thursday in the Carolinas, bringing heavy rain that could cause severe flooding through the region. Florence could bring a life-threatening coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.