Georgia declares state of emergency

Hurricane Florence impacting flights along East Coast

Hurricane Florence impacting flights along East Coast

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path. Landfall was expected sometime late Thursday and FEMA officials said Wednesday was the last day for people to get out safely.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

The National Hurricane Center says Florence is now lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane -force winds and a life-threatening storm surge. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

It will also pass directly over two nuclear power plants - the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, which is located 30 miles south of Wilmington, as well as the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, about 23 miles from Raleigh.

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster.


Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, which decimated parts of the Gulf states and Texas in 2005 and 2017 respectively, cost more than $125 billion.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Jeff Byard, FEMA associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, called Florence "a very unsafe storm".

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather. "It's a big one", he said.

On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category 4 hurricane - will likely slow down and turn south after slamming the East Coast.

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