Georgia Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Florence was 435 miles from Wilmington, N.C., moving northwest at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst said.

The category 4 storm carrying maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h would probably strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Due to the storm's enormous size and power, it's been a recent - if not frightening - muse for astronaut photography.

"In general, we're expecting see somewhere between 5-10" of rain from Florence.

The Carolina coasts are facing a potential days-long battering from Hurricane Florence, a storm expected to dump feet of rain there.

Those living on the Carolina coast have been urged to evacuate the area before Florence makes landfall.

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Jeff Byard warned that despite its slight weakening, Florence will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane. "Even though it's down in South and North Carolina, it is a big storm and the track is ever-changing".

Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday.

Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the United States, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas. In South Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Division Commander Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

Here are five recent images featuring Hurricane Florence.

The local adult-services department and the Area Agency on Aging has been in touch with each senior facilities as well, county public information officer Kathryn Murphy said, and has helped them decide whether and how to plan for the hurricane.

At around noon, Quentin Felton, 39, of Morehead City arrived at Southeast Raleigh High School with her mom, three children, fraternal twin sister and her sister's two kids. Helene will likely wear itself out before hitting land, the NHC said in its latest forecast, and Isaac, which has been downgraded from a hurricane, is on its way to the Caribbean, officials said.

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