'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas

A NOAA satellite image of Florence

More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia because of Florence, a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on the eastern seaboard Friday morning, which means Coweta County and the surrounding area could begin feeling the effects of the storm late Friday night and Saturday.

The slow-moving storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, is expected.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday.

Coastal residents have already started leaving the shores and heading west inland, but many are finding empty gas pumps as gasoline stations are sold out of gas.

Privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What exactly is storm surge?". It was located father north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we're forecasting is unprecedented.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that storm surge watches and warnings are in effect for the entire North Carolina coast and parts of SC.

That same section of coastline and locations to the south near Myrtle Beach will also likely experience a prolonged period of destructive winds resulting in power outages that could last for days or weeks.

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North Carolina officials evacuated long-term care facilities and hundreds of prisoners in vulnerable areas, and also closed state parks, museums and other attractions.

Tecklenburg said his flood-prone city is preparing for "copious rain" by clearing out the city's drainage system and getting boats and portable pumps ready. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

"We could get some rain and gusty winds. We are sparing no expense", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office after meeting with Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Administration officials.

A total of 15-20 inches of rain is expected, with isolated areas of up to 30 inches in parts of North Carolina, Virginia and the northern part of SC through Saturday. "If you have to make large scale evacuations, make the call early".

Millions have been ordered to evacuate their homes as the storm rages closer to the mainland.

"This one really scares me", Graham said. "Nonetheless, there still would be a very life threatening storm surge of somewhere around 10 to 15 feet".

Despite all that, 65-year-old Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in the Outer Banks village of Buxton, North Carolina, despite a mandatory evacuation order.

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