President Donald Trump warned citizens of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina to evacuate and prepare for Hurricane Florence in a Tuesday Oval Office address.
“The places that are in the way and in the most jeopardy would be Virginia, North Carolina [and] South Carolina,” Trump warned, adding, “It looks to me and it looks to all of a lot of very talented people that do this for a living like this is going to be a storm that’s going to be a very large one.”
The earliest reasonable time that tropical-storm-force winds could arrive in the United States from #Florence is late Wednesday, and the most likely time is Thursday morning. Wednesday should be the last full day to prepare, so plan accordingly. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/eD2onAT1sd
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 11, 2018
“They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years. Maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water,” the president continued.
Trump was flanked by FEMA director Brock Long, who warned that Florence appears to be a historic storm that will wipe out power “for weeks” in affected areas.
Take this time before #Florence‘s arrival to prepare. Prepare your home, consider your safe place and evacuation options, and check in on neighbors.
Don’t forget to include the family pets in your plans. https://t.co/bvYB4en5D2 #HurricaneFlorence pic.twitter.com/LQn4Pt8GY4
— NWS (@NWS) September 11, 2018