Dont play games with it: Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Dont play games with it: Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Dont play games with it: Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Some areas are expected to see between 20 and 30 inches of rain through early next week in the area shaded in purple in the second image above.

With the storm churning across the Atlantic with 140 miles per hour winds, hurricane watches and warnings include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast.

In its 5 p.m. advisory on Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said that the eye of Florence was located 580 km south-southwest of Bermuda and 1,260 km east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"In light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas", he said.

While coastal residents frantically boarded up homes and businesses and hit the road, others chose to ride out a storm that is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

Florence is one of the strongest hurricanes on the eastern seaboard in decades, and will bring a triple threat of unsafe storm surge, flooding and hurricane-force winds in parts of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.

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Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The full impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

Forecasters in Wilmington, North Carolina, are emphasizing the potential for what they're calling "unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding".

The National Hurricane Center issued a stark message in a tweet as the massive storm, which is 350 miles wide, draws ever closer.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen, and tremendous amounts of water", Trump said in a video posted on Twitter.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long urged people to prepare for a "very devastating storm", with possibly weeks-long power outages.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

The NHC experts warned that "life-threatening storm surge (is) possible along the coasts of North and South Carolina".

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"It's surreal to think we may have nothing to go home to", she said.

But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will stay at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program. "You can't stop Mother Nature". "Wherever you live in North Carolina, you need to get ready for this storm now and you need to evacuate if asked to".

"This is a very fluid situation, especially now that new model runs are shifting the course of the storm south after landfall, potentially increasing its impact on SC and Georgia", St. Mary's Hospital spokesman Mark Ralston said.

"Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated".

Lauren Hancock, a resident of Wrightsville Beach in the state's evacuation zone, said: "I'm looking across the street at a gas station, and it's a madhouse".

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