Tracking Hurricane Florence as it bears down on U.S. East Coast

'This is a big storm': Results could be catastrophic

Harvey stalled after moving into Texas as a Category 4 and then took several days to make a final landfall as a tropical storm in Louisiana.

To ease the heavy traffic leaving the coast, SC reversed freeways lanes to allow traffic to flow away from the coming storm.

At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence. The power is going to be off for weeks. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are supplied and ready.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit".

Hurricane Florence, heading for the Carolinas, "will likely be the storm of a lifetime" for areas of the coast, according to the National Weather Service early Wednesday.

The new track prompted Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties on Tuesday afternoon. Even once the prison was evacuated, many of its inmates spent months behind bars for minor crimes and traffic offenses while waiting for courts to reopen and hear their cases.

Michael Kennedy, an engineer at Boeing, said he planned to leave on Tuesday for his parents' home in Atlanta, Georgia. "Everyone was sold out", she said. State officials have said the inmates are safer in the prison than they would be in an evacuation.

Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

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Dr Myers continued: "Following inland flooding and coastal damage, winds, on average, are often the next biggest cause of hurricane damage and economic costs".

Walking his dog along empty streets, Belli said he's well stocked with food and water. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said.

As of Wednesday morning, 20 eastern North Carolina counties were under either a mandatory or voluntary evacuation, or some combination of the two, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Some 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate.

"The focus should be on the potential for torrential downpours that will lead to potentially life-threatening flooding", said meteorologist Scott Sharp.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst posted photos of the massive hurricane, which is now a category four storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, online from space.

Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well. The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations.

A storm surge warning was issued from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.

The latest forecast path (as of 5 a.m.) shifts Florence's track to the west. Florence will likely stay a major hurricane until late Friday night, when the hurricane is predicted to weaken to Category 2 upon landfall.

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