Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina Virginia and Maryland have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for the life-threatening storm.

The video was recently captured by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aboard a specialized four-engine aircraft.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

However, residents were warned this has not lessened the threat from the severe weather Florence will bring to the East Coast.

Its trajectory showed its centre most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but thats still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., September 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties.

Air Canada and Alaska Airlines have canceled their flights in and out of RDU on Thursday, but had not made any announcements about Friday as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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"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.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", he said.

The storm, now a category two on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, has dipped in intensity with maximum sustained winds now measuring 110mph.

Evacuating institutionalized people ahead of a storm is always a challenge, but failing to do so can prove deadly.

Deal's emergency declaration cited potential "changes in the storm's trajectory" as well as an influx of evacuees coming to Georgia from the Carolinas.

Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Joyce are far out in the Atlantic and pose no immediate threat to land, forecasters said.

It's also notable that there are three hurricanes, including Florence, lined up in the Atlantic at the same time.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

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