Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

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Hurricane warnings are in effect for the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

The time to prepare is nearly over, he said.

LATER NEXT WEEK: The remnants of Hurricane Florence could bring some heavy rain to the D.C. region by next week.

As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 17 mph.

Though most residents of North and SC and other areas in the hurricane's path have abided by the mandatory evacuation order, Kourounis jokes that the Waffle House is still open.

The massive storm is larger than North Carolina and South Carolina - combined, according to South Carolina Emergency Management. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said.

The US National Hurricane Center warned that "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians".

The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 miles per hour, the NHC said.

A simulation weather video is showing what the life-threatening Hurricane Florence storm surge might look like if it reaches a frightening nine feet.

Farther from the epicenter, surges between 6-to-9 feet are expected near Myrtle Beach and Ocracoke Inlet. It urged residents to heed evacuation orders.

Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In North Carolina, Cooper says, "2,800 soldiers will be on active duty, joined by even more on standby". He adds, "Businesses in Myrtle Beach are to have operations ceased and secured by 5 this afternoon". These could be as high as 13ft (4m) along parts of the North Carolina coast. Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

So how are these people preparing?

Though the Waffle House may be open now, it's unlikely that will be the case in the days to come. It is expected to turn away from the U.S.

SC officials say more than 400,000 people have evacuated the state's coast and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches. It is expected that the hurricane moves on or near the coastline during the night of Thursday through Friday.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. Upon its arrival, the National Hurricane Center projects that Florence could drop anywhere from 20-40 inches of rain along the Carolina coast.

Forecasters have warned of life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and risky rip currents along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to Cape Charles Light, VA, and for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

The hurricane, whose wind field size is now larger than North Carolina and SC combined, is expected to make landfall on the Carolinas early Friday. With that much size and strength, even a glancing blow could be devastating - something forecasters stressed as they noted the shift in the predicted track.