Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

"Heed the warnings", said Byard, adding there was "well over $20 billion" in FEMA's disaster relief fund.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to creep across the coast from North Carolina to SC after making landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages. "It's chilling, even from space". "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact-and we have that".

Even though the ISS is 400km above the storm, Florence is so huge that astronauts needed a wide-angle lens to capture the storm. Most of the damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 in North Carolina came from inland flooding - 31 people died and almost 100,000 homes were destroyed.

People look out over the surf before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

Cooper also announced there are 2,800 National Guard troops in different staging areas of North Carolina.

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A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov. Everyone in the Carolinas should continue to finalize their preparations for the storm Wednesday.

Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered due to its ferocity. "It's going to happen. We just need to figure out how to make it through". "I've got four cats inside the house". Poor people are less likely to evacuate since they can't afford to travel and stay in other regions.

Train travel: Amtrak has announced cancellations on northbound and southbound trains going through North and SC. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Hurricane Florence's sustained wind speeds have lessened slightly to 105 miles per hour, but the storm is already bringing surges and tropical storm winds to the North Carolina shore, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. briefing.

Here are some of the best images of Hurricane Florence by Gerst and Ricky Arnold, a fellow NASA astronaut living aboard the ISS.

Hurricane Florence has weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm, but don't be fooled, it's still incredibly risky. The forecast track has the storm moving slowly along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday.

This morning, the radar loop out of Morehead North Carolina is beginning to show those fans of heavy rain closing in on the coast.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water.

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