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Washington mayor declares emergency as Hurricane Florence threatens US coast

Washington mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence bears down on the US East Coast, threatening torrential rain and flooding in the capital region.

Updated: Sep 11, 2018 23:56:44

By Agence France-Presse

More than a million coastal residents have been ordered to leave their homes ahead of the storm’s projected arrival on Thursday, with emergencies already declared in the states of North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. (AFP)

Washington’s mayor on Tuesday declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence bears down on the US East Coast, threatening torrential rain and flooding in the capital region.

Muriel Bowser told a news conference that the emergency was “effective immediately” and the measure “ensures that we will have the resources we need to prepare for Florence”.

More than a million coastal residents have been ordered to leave their homes ahead of the storm’s projected arrival on Thursday, with emergencies already declared in the states of North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

First Published: Sep 11, 2018 23:56:44

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