The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern US, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
Outer bands from the hurricane were lashing land on Thursday, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.
"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km)".
"The National Hurricane Middle forecasts extra strengthening for Florence earlier to it reaches the shoreline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14", NASA wrote within the description of the video. "While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the US coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.
"We have not been asked to take evacuees yet and will evaluate our capability at the time of the request", Ralston said.
The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.
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In Charleston, South Carolina, streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.
NOAA's Hurricane Hunters are created to tell us more about storms like these.
Beth Burgess, director of Emergency Management for Athens-Clarke County, said her main concern was for the safety and well being of local residents.
"We have also touched base with our vendors to ensure we are stocked up and prepared should any delays or shortages occurs as a result" of the storm", she said.
Historic and potentially catastrophic flooding is possible along with life-threating storm surges of up to 12 feet are possible along the coasts. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts. Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast.
"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
As Hurricane Florence gets closer to the Carolinas, Hurricane Hunters from the Bay area are flying right into the storm.