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Hurricane Florence to hit the US East Coast on Thursday

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WASHINGTON D.C. – More than one million people in the United States have been asked to evacuate ahead of what could potentially be one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country’s East Coast region in decades, international media outlets reported.

Carrying winds of up to 220 km/h, Hurricane Florence – a Category 4 storm – is expected to strengthen and possibly become Category 5 on Tuesday.

It is forecast to make landfall in the southeastern states of North or South Carolina on Thursday.

“This is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years,” President Donald Trump warned on Twitter. “Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!”

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million residents of the state’s entire eastern coastline to leave their homes starting at noon on Tuesday.

“This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was “mandatory, not voluntary”.

“We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane,” the governor told reporters. “We’re liable to have a whole lot of flooding.”

Schools in 26 of the state’s 46 counties were to close from Tuesday.

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