Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

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

Shepard Smith and Flaherty said reports showed storm surge from the system is likely to be felt dozens of miles inland, including along the Neuse River Basin - which stretches inward from New Bern toward Rocky Mount and Nashville, N.C.

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.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

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. Right now the storm does not have a lot of speed behind it, so the rainfall will likely be extensive along the coastal areas, with historic flooding predicted there.

The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Wednesday at 185 km per hour, down from a peak of 225 km per hour a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall". And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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In Wilmington, Solange Iliou Thompson closed down her restaurant, Indochine, because all of her employees had left the city.

Mr McMaster said: "Even responders can not stay there". "You can't stop Mother Nature". "I want to get them as far away as possible".

An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the US Weather Prediction Center.

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.

"The biggest challenge has been the amount and rapid succession of unprecedented disasters", she said. Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well.

A large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. on September 12, 2018.

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