President Trump declared Thursday that his administration is “completely ready” for Hurricane Florence’s expected landfall along the East Coast.
Trump urged Americans to “be careful!” during the storm, which he claimed had strengthened. Florence was downgraded by the National Weather Service from a category 3 to a category 2 storm overnight, but was growing in size early Thursday.
“We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful. Be careful!” he tweeted.
“I don’t care if this goes down to a Category 1,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said on Thursday. “We’re still going to have a Category 4 storm surge.”
Current paths show Florence making landfall near Wilmington, N.C., before tracking inland.
At least 800 flights have been cancelled or grounded due to the storm’s expected landfall, CNN reported. As many as 1.5 million people are believed to live within mandatory evacuation zones.
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