WASHINGTON – Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict a life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding could occur along portions of North and South Carolina with Hurricane Florence’s landfall.

Several mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders were ordered Monday and Tuesday along the east coast.

“If you are told to evacuate and do not do so, you need to realize you are putting your life in danger,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “This storm is not to be taken lightly. The entire states of North and South Carolina could be heavily impacted by this storm. People do not live to tell the tale of surviving storm surge.  It’s the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in and it causes the most destruction.”

Additionally, Florence could produce inland flooding throughout many areas of the Carolinas and Virginia. It is crucial that residents and visitors in the areas that will be affected by Florence listen to and follow the instructions of local, state and tribal officials.

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