Hurricane Florence to deliver 'life-threatening' surges and rain despite downgrade

Amazon again puts disaster relief efforts in motion as Hurricane Florence set to punish Carolina coast

President Trump said the hurricane is predicted to be one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in years as he warned residents to be prepared and to be careful. It ranged 59 to 83 feet Wednesday morning.

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.

- Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength while steadily making its way toward the East Coast.

Hurricane preparations should be rushed to completion as soon as possible.

More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered. Executives in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

Myrtle Beach is within an area under a hurricane warning that ran from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, at 2pm local time.

"I'm taking a life-threatening risk, but it's my opportunity to protect my property", Hoffman said.

Hurricane Florence is churning slowly towards the southern parts of the eastern seaboard and could slam into the Carolinas by tomorrow night bringing sweeping winds of more than 200km per hour and dumping rain that could cause coastal erosion and a major storm surge.

The White House has approved requests from North Carolina and SC for federal emergency declarations, allowing for greater coordination among states and federal agencies.

It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet. Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".

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