'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

Hurricane map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

Hurricane map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than 1 million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday".

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, making it the fifth state to do so, as authorities warned of storm surges and catastrophic flooding.

The storm is still on track to make landfall in the coastal carolina region, but is starting to drift south. Officials say it is possible SC will bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane was about 470 miles (755 km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach SC, with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 km/h), the Miami, Florida-based weather forecaster said. "Isolated places seeing close to 40" of rainfall. There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks.

However some residents have made a decision to board up their homes and ride out the storm.

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

By comparison, LaCorte said portions of Western North Carolina received up to a foot of rain from the remnants of a tropical storm in late May that caused deadly mudslides.

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The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River. "Think Harvey-type flooding in parts of the Carolinas". In North Carolina, Cooper says, "2,800 soldiers will be on active duty, joined by even more on standby".

Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well.

"Yesterday we were looking at double-digit rainfall totals over a fairly wide area".

"Some fluctuations in strength will be possible through Thursday morning", it said.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.

Although Florence is tracking well south of Hampton Roads, Historic Triangle residents should be prepared for flooding and possibly downed trees, forecasters said. "Also, a little creepy".

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

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