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State of Emergency Declared in Washington Ahead of Hurricane Florence

© National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationHurricane Florence tracking toward US East Coast Sept. 9, 2018
Hurricane Florence tracking toward US East Coast Sept. 9, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Washington's mayor Muriel Bowser declared that the emergency was "effective immediately".

Washington's mayor Muriel Bowser announced the state of emergency as Hurricane Florence if moving in the direction of the US East Coast, threatening torrential rain and flooding in the capital region.

The declaration said that the health, safety and welfare of Washington, DC's residents require "emergency protective actions" because the storm is expected to have "serious widespread effects" throughout the region.

Waves crash on the coast as Hurricane Lane approaches Ka'u, Hawaii, U.S. August 22 2018, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Video taken from inside a vehicle. Courtesy of Ken Boyer - Sputnik International
South Carolina Orders Evacuation as Hurricane Florence Approaches East Coast
The governors of US states of North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland have also declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

READ MORE: Hurricane Florence Expected to Go Wild Again Despite Recent Weakening

Meanwhile, the state of South Carolina has mobilized about 1,600 National Guard members in preparation of Hurricane Florence, the US Department of Defense said in a news release on Tuesday.

"As South Carolina residents and emergency responders prepare for Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina National Guard has mobilized about 1,600 soldiers and airmen to prepare, respond and participate in advance of the major hurricane projected to make landfall near the Carolinas," the release said.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere along the southeastern United States, likely near the border between the Carolinas, early Friday.

The storm weakened slightly, but is expected to regain strength by the end of the day, and will be a Category 4 or 5 when it reaches the US coast.

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