ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Humane Society is taking in pets from shelters in South Carolina as Hurricane Florence makes it way to the East Coast.

The organization has an Animal Emergency Services team trained in disaster relief and response.

When the storm began forming, the Humane Society contacted its partner shelters in the region to see how they could help.

The animals transported to Atlanta will be up for adoption as soon as Tuesday.

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At last check, Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with 140 mph sustained winds.

It's located about 525 miles southeast of Bermuda, or 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving to the west at 13 mph.

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Thousands have been ordered to evacuate. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he had asked President Trump for a federal disaster declaration ahead of the storm. The president said in a tweet that Washington is mobilizing their assets in preparation for the storm and told people living in the East Coast to "take all necessary precautions."