Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been urged to stay alert about the dangers of the fast approaching Hurricane Florence.
The following warnings and watches show where water will rise to a life-threatening level. The Wilmington area can now expect 9-to-13-foot storm surges if Florence's peak impact coincides with high tide, Brunswick County coastal areas west of Southport can expect 6-to-9-foot surges.
McMaster told residents in some counties that emergency responders will be pulled from areas expected to be hit hard.
And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said. His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said. "It wants to get stronger", he said of the storm. "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".
Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were inundated.More news: Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr
"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night.
There was also concern over crops.
In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and United States 501 has been directed away from the coast.
The contraflow will end Thursday at noon on 501 and at 6 p.m. on I-26. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.
Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.More news: "Once In A Lifetime" Hurricane Florence Weakens, Begins Lashing Eastern US
Hurricane Florence, once rumored to strike as a Category-5 storm, will strike with less powerful wind, but it will drop much more rain on the area than initially expected.
About 10 million people are in the sights of the storm as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.
Despite pleas from officials, some residents ignored calls to evacuate. The shopping list for people who have chose to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine.
Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land.More news: Hurricane Florence DOWNGRADED to Category 1 as it continues path of DESTRUCTION
Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.
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