FEMA Issues Dire Warning Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

“This storm will and has the potential to cause loss of life, and we cannot emphasize the importance to take action now,” said Byard.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the storm was increasing in size and at about 370 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and moving west-northwest at 17 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The first outer rain bands from Florence could move into the Outer Banks of the Carolinas and southeast Virginia on Wednesday night, said FEMA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration liaison Steve Goldstein.

Hurricane-force winds could extend inland into central North Carolina and central Virginia later in the day on Thursday and a large area of tropical storm-force winds were expected to last until Friday, he added.

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