12 September 2018
Preparations were underway on the East Coast on Tuesday as Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm. In North Carolina, some 80 helicopters were evacuated from Fort Bragg and moved to safer ground. Meanwhile, a fleet of fighter jets from Virginia was relocated to the Air National Guard Base in Ohio. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, local residents filled sandbags and loaded them into their cars to protect their homes.
Florence grew larger on Tuesday and is expected to bring days of rain, deadly flooding and power outages lasting weeks after it slams into the U.S. Southeast coast later this week. Winds and massive waves will pound coastal North and South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.