Hurricane Florence is heading towards the south-east coast of the United States and is predicted to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Florence is heading towards the south-east coast of the United States and is predicted to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Centre warns that storm surges, heavy rainfall and flooding are likely. North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have declared a state of emergency.

New Zealanders in coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are advised to avoid affected areas as advised by local authorities and follow their advice including any evacuation orders.

Seek suitable shelter.

Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of their accommodation management and/or tour operators.

Monitor local media to stay up to date with developments.

It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea during a hurricane. It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.

Please also ensure you’ve registered your details on SafeTravel so we can contact you directly should we need to and convey further updates: Safe Travel (external link)

Contact your airline or travel agent directly to find out if your travel plans have been disrupted. If your travel is disrupted, ensure you keep all receipts to support your travel insurance claim.

New Zealanders in the area requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Washington on +1 202 328 4800 or via email at WSHINFO@mfat.govt.nz