"This is going to be a storm that is going to be a very large one, far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades," Trump said on Tuesday.
Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere along the southeastern United States, likely near the border between South and North Carolina on early Friday. Those and several other US states such as Maryland and Virginia — as well as Washington, DC — declared state of emergency ahead of the hurricane landfall.
Meanwhile, Boeing has suspended all operations at its plant in the US state of South Carolina as Hurricane Florence threatens the region, company spokesperson Paul Bergman told Sputnik.
"Due to possible impacts from Hurricane Florence, an evacuation order has been issued for several coastal South Carolina, including Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties, beginning at noon Tuesday, September 11," Bergman said on Tuesday. "In line with that order, Boeing has suspended operations at Boeing South Carolina so our teammates can properly evacuate."
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) director Brock Long warned that Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and may have devastating impact in both Carolinas as well as in central parts of the state of Virginia.