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The National Hurricane Center has issued its first Hurricane Watches for the east coast as Hurricane Florence continues its trek toward North Carolina.

The storm threatened to hit coastal North and SC with 130 mile per hour (210 kph) winds and massive waves when it makes landfall on Friday, and its rains will take a heavy toll for miles inland, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned. North Carolina and Virginia yesterday declared states of emergency, while Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas.

Hurricane Florence heading towards the US East Coast. Sharp added that some areas could see flooding where he hasn't flooded before.

The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the USA with an expected landfall late Thursday.

Winds: Florence is now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a "mesmerising loop" showing Hurricane Florence from space.

Far from this hurricane parade on the other side of the globe, Tropical Storm Olivia is flying solo east of Hawaii. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas.

Officials in both North and SC are urging citizens to evacuate inland, especially those living in low-lying or coastal areas.

The rain could lead to life-threatening flash flooding. Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of South or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

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Rain from Hurricane Florence falling on this saturated ground will bring a widespread and severe flooding event. North Carolina's Hatteras Island, as well as northern parts of the Outer Banks, are under mandatory evacuation.

Storm surge is also a major concern.

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30 degrees Celsius, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.

He said Florence could rival the impact of Hurricane Hugo, which wreaked $7bn (£5.3bn) in damage and claimed 49 lives in 1989.

Anderson said that Hurricane Florence is expected to regain speed over the next 12 to 24 hours, at which time the eye will become more defined and the size of the storm could increase.

Although it's hard to attribute any storm's intensification to one specific factor over another, a scientist explained some of the potential reasons to Fox News.

Trump has approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a standard move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to aid in protection and recovery efforts.

Those living within the path of quickly-growing Hurricane Florence were advised on Tuesday to "take action now" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).