Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence

President Trump said the storm would be “tremendously big and tremendously wet”

The experts managed to film the center of Florence as it makes its way toward the east coast, igniting evacuations all across the Carolinas, Virginia and DC.

According to Wednesday morning's update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence could park off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, bringing damaging winds and even extreme storm surges to coastal areas. Stormhunters Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson will be LIVE in the Carolinas with the latest.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

President Donald Trump at a briefing on Hurricane Florence at the White House yesterday.

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said.

The storm is expected to make landfall early Friday morning near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mr Graham said the Pamlico and Neuse rivers in North Carolina will see their flows "reversed" as storm surges push water back inland.

Large and unsafe, Hurricane Florence is drawing closer to the coast of the Carolinas, where it threatens to become the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo.

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Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

A National Guardsman directs traffic onto U.S. Highway 501 as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast Wednesday.

North Carolina resident Roberto Guzman carries belongings from his mobile home as he leaves Wilmington a day before the storm is due to strike.

While Hurricane Florence is making a million residents of the Southeast face evacuate their homes, hog farmers are facing a much different kind of evacuation: draining the massive manure lagoons that result from high-density factory farming, before the storm floods them out.

"We are uniquely positioned to establish a quick ad-hoc supply chain to support relief efforts", said Bettina Stix, an Amazon veteran credited with developing DRbA.

Despite the potentially devastating hurricane being downgraded to category two on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the governor of Georgia has joined his counterparts in Virginia and the Carolinas in declaring a state of emergency.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.

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