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Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

US President Donald Trump has issued a series of warnings to prepare for Hurricane Florence, which is gathering power as it approaches the Carolinas.

Mr Trump tweeted that this was “one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years”.

Florence is at present a Category Four storm, with sustained winds of about 140mph (220km/h).

On its current track it is predicted to make landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, late on Thursday.

A number of mandatory evacuations have been ordered in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, affecting more than a million people.

South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster has given the entire coastline until noon on Tuesday to leave.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has also ordered a mandatory evacuation of students.

In its latest advisory at 05:00 eastern time (09:00 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said: “Some strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday night.” Read more

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Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens

Hurricane Florence: Trump issues warning as storm strengthens