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Georgia Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

A sign shows a warning before the approaching Hurricane Florence in Wilmington North Carolina on Sept 12 2018 A sign shows a warning before the approaching Hurricane Florence in Wilmington North Carolina on Sept 12 2018
Sandra Phillips | 13 September, 2018, 15:05

Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge".

About 1.7 million residents have been urged to flee from parts of North and SC.

"Florence developed further north and east in the Atlantic than you'd expect for a storm that reaches the US", said Chris Davis, senior scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Florence became a risky Category 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon before it downgraded to a Category 2 Wednesday night with winds at 110mph.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that it has shared with all Medicare-certified nursing homes the steps to get a federal waiver allowing them leeway with certain federal regulations for emergency situations.

A graphic of Hurricane Florence's path, generated today (Sept. 12) at 2 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center, shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). Authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, which borders SC and includes the historic port city of Savannah, urged residents who feel unsafe "to evacuate as they see fit". Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders. The local adult-services department and the Area Agency on Aging has been in touch with each senior facilities as well, county public information officer Kathryn Murphy said, and has helped them decide whether and how to plan for the hurricane.

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Residents near coastal areas have been given evacuation warnings, although Raleigh is a bit inland so Weaver and her family are going to remain at home to wait out the storm.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, officials left almost 4,500 prisoners inside facilities during Hurricane Irma in 2017, even though multiple prison facilities in that county were demolished by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

There will be hurricane-force winds up to 80 miles from the centre of the storm, meteorologists say.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst said.

NOAA also released another video shot from Kermit, giving a more prolonged look at the eye of the storm.

CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with.

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