Image shows hurricanes Florence, Isaac and Helene in the Atantic Ocean (photo courtesy AFP)

The United States is getting ready for the impact of “major” hurricane Florence as it threatened catastrophic flooding in eastern areas already soaked by heavy rain.

It was gathered that the storm was 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) southeast of the British North Atlantic island territory of Bermuda at 0900 GMT Monday.

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Florence “is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s office described Florence as possibly the state’s “most significant hurricane event in decades,” and warned of “catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages.”

“The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds. Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms,” it added.

The US Navy ordered ships at its major base in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to put to sea, saying “the forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge are too great to keep the ships in port.”

Heavy rain in the Washington area over the weekend had already led to flooding in historic Alexandria, Virginia, according to local media.