Hurricane Florence set for 'direct hit' on United States east coast - worldwide

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The large and powerful hurricane has prompted evacuation orders in North and SC and Virginia, as officials urge residents in coastal and low-lying areas to prepare for strong winds, a deep storm surge and a deluge of rainfall.

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, "is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night" and has triggered a hurricane watch for all of North Carolina and part of SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.

While Florence is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Carolina coast, the storm will weaken before it makes landfall.

South Carolina State Veterinarian Boyd Parr has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate transport of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions in places that don't usually get much tropical weather.

With little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field is expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. More than one million residents have been ordered to evacuate from coastal areas of the three states, closing university campuses, schools and factories.

If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions.

At a White House meeting with federal disaster officials, Trump said "everybody should get out" in areas likely to be hit by the storm.

The storm could also affect other games scheduled for the Carolinas or Viginia, with other potential affected Saturday matchups including Clemson-Georgia Southern, South Carolina-Marshall, Virginia Tech-East Carolina and Virginia-Ohio. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before". Sound unlikely? It's the same model that accurately predicted that last year's Hurricane Harvey, which also stalled over land, would drop 60 inches. "We're in a very deadly and important game of chess with Hurricane Florence".

Bloomberg reported September 11 that due to Hurricane Florence's threat to the hog-heavy Carolina region October hog futures jumped as much as 2.9 percent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.

"We are sparing no expense". In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

Smithfield Foods Inc [SFII.UL] said it would shut down the world's largest hog-slaughtering facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina, on Thursday and Friday due to the hurricane. This includes cities in the path of Florence such as Wilmington and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia.

Residents boarded up their homes and stripped grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies.

Most manure pits could handle up to 25 inches of rain, Curliss said. They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall. "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it".

Duke coach David Cutcliffe says the team will leave Durham on Thursday instead of its typical Friday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out".

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