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Tropical cyclones Florence and Mangkhut pose threats - Philippines

16 September 2018

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. Effective at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Sector San Juan captain of the port set port condition X-ray for the USVI and Puerto Rico due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by tropical storm Isaac that may arrive within 48 hours.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million residents of the state's eastern coast to leave their homes ahead of the storm's predicted arrival today.

The president said: "The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority".

Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.

Florence could threaten the largest rainfall event in USA history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 whirlwind that settled over Texas and dropped more than 60 inches of rain, turning roadways into rivers, destroying homes and buildings and killing almost 90 people.

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On the forecast track, Typhoon Manghut will may hit the northernmost islands of the Philippines on in the night between Friday 14 and Saturday 15 ( local time) as a low CAT5 equivalent hurricane, with winds of 210 km/h, gusting to 305 km/h. In the worst affected areas, the water has the potential to reach 9-13 feet (2.7 - 4 meters) above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said.

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She said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us". "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said.

Nurse Barbara Mack was using a small shovel to fill sandbags at a public works facility in Charleston, but she saw a silver lining in the hurricane preparations. "I want to get them as far away as possible". "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station on Wednesday.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

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Tropical cyclones Florence and Mangkhut pose threats - Philippines