Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is approaching the southeastern coast of the USA with wind speeds of about 120 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday". Officials didn't reveal exactly which institutions would be evacuated due to security concerns, but said evacuated prisoners would get a free phone call to notify loved ones. With the storm continuing to track farther south, the Triangle can expect to see about 3 to 6 inches of rain.

Officials in the Carolinas strongly urged millions of people in those states' coastal regions to evacuate, but medical facilities in the evacuation zones face a hard set of decisions when ordered to leave.

Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

Florence's predicted pause and slow southward turn off North Carolina on Friday means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours.

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Hurricane Florence's rainfall now lurks just over 100 miles off the coast of the Carolinas and time is running out to prepare.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast.

Ocean City will begin to experience lingering effects of the weakening category three storm, including wind, rain and tidal flooding, as early as Thursday night, September 13, and into Saturday, September 15.

Although its peak winds diminished, forecasters said the storm's total energy grew as its inner core and outlying bands of wind expanded.

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

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Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

The state has set up the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund at to accept hurricane relief donations, Cooper said.

Emerald Isle, N.C. webcam A webcam looking at Bogue Inlet on Emerald Isle, part of the Outer Banks chain of islands on the coast of North Carolina.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.

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