Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

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Officials can't overstate the potential danger the storm could bring, with the National Weather Service recently saying Florence will likely be the "storm of a lifetime" for the Carolina coast.

The Category 4 weakened slightly to 130 miles per hour in the morning but was expected to re-intensify later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path. But the hurricane center said it is "still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday".

Both of the Carolinas and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations for some of their residents starting at noon Tuesday and over a million people are expected to flee.

Communities in Florence's path could lose electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas". A hurricane's counterclockwise rotation mean Florence's strongest and heaviest rain bands will be northwest of the eye - right over Central North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas, poised to slam the coastline Friday.

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Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn. Forecasts predict as much as 20 inches of rain in some places but one computer model warned there could be up to 45 inches, almost four feet.

A tropical storm watch was issued for north of the North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.

He said the federal government and first responders are ready to assist, but that 'bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size'. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.

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.

Michael Kennedy, an engineer at Boeing, said he planned to leave on Tuesday for his parents' home in Atlanta, Georgia. In the Wilmington area, Florence could batter the coast with 140 miles per hour winds and more than 20 inches of rain. Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

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