Georgia Declares Emergency as Hurricane Florence Approaches

A view from the International Space Station of Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean

A view from the International Space Station of Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean. NASA Ricky Arnold AFP

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

Measurements by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 miles per hour, with higher gusts. The rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods. "If this blows at 120 mph for four hours, ... you lose a shingle every two minutes, and all of the sudden, you've lost your whole roof after four hours", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

A satellite altimeter under the northeast quadrant, the strongest area of the storm, recorded the wave.

Winds will be at least 100 miles per hour as the storm approaches the coast. "What it does from that point when it makes immediate landfall will determine the conditions in Jacksonville". REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018. Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by.

"We're a good community up there". He says: "If Mama and Grandma are going, then a lot of people are leaving".

People on barrier islands or peninsulas were running out of time Wednesday to retreat by bridge or ferry.

Susan Faulkenberry Panousis said she has stayed on Bald Head during prior hurricanes, but not this time. One North Carolina woman packed flowers to leave on her son's grave.

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"I've seen them pull together for smaller things".

There was also concern over crops. East Carolina later stated that they hope to reschedule the game.

There were two other systems in development Wednesday as well.

The contraflow will end Thursday at noon on 501 and at 6 p.m. on I-26.

In South Carolina, local officials reported 300,000 had already evacuated the coast as of Wednesday. Adding to the storm stress is uncertainty about where exactly Florence will make landfall, after a shift in its track put more of the Southeast in danger.

A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of SC and North Carolina, and a storm surge warning is in effect for a portion of this area. It urged residents to heed evacuation orders. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

Florence's expanse has even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth.

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