Hurricane Florence: Georgia Governor declares state of EMERGENCY for all 159 counties

ECU football team relocates to Orlando ahead of Florence

Storm surges up to 3.9 meters (13 feet), the possibility of tornados and nearly a meter of rain in some areas of North and SC were expected when Hurricane Florence makes landfall late Thursday.

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Hurricane Florence is threatening millions of Americans in the southeast, as FEMA warns that this is a very risky storm.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Tropical storm conditions are expected for areas of the Carolinas on Thursday with hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater) projected for "late Thursday or Friday".

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".


Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

However, there is also a risk of inland flooding as parts of North Carolina could receive 40 inches (1m) of rainfall.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said.

"What can you do?" she asked.

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

More than 300,000 people have already evacuated from the coast, McMaster said, and traffic on the highway was moving steadily on Wednesday.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac. But said if you are in an area that normally floods during heavy rains, "You should go ahead and leave".

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