As Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, moved toward the US East Coast on Tuesday, lawmakers from three states in the storm's path have ordered mass evacuations for more than one million people.
The governor of North Carolina, whose state – alongside South Carolina and Virginia – is forecast to see life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds from the storm, warned residents of the potential extreme conditions.
US President Trump was on Tuesday given an update on Florence by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and vowed that the government was prepared to respond to the impending hurricane.
FEMA administrator Brock Long warned that the hurricane will be a devastating event and urged people to evacuate if they have been asked to leave their homes.
He said electric power could be out for weeks.