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Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

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Kenny Thornton | 15 September, 2018, 14:35

Hurricane Florence continues its path towards Wilmington and remains a Category 4 storm - but predictions now show the storm stalling over land and taking a more southerly route over the weekend into Monday.

Florence is now a Category 4 storm on the five-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale and is forecast to slam into the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather. The center said the waves were measured by satellite.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. Evacuations have been ordered for coastal residents, and the slow-moving storm could dump feet of rain in some places as it slogs through.

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

"The Charleston area now is expected to see at least 1-2 inches of rain over the next several days".

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People have been ordered to evacuate the Carolinas ahead of strong winds and heavy rain as the hurricane lands. At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north SC and Virginia, causing catastrophic flash flooding.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", he warned.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. She said it will become a "major flooding event".

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bulls-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.

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