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

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

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said.

The storm is expected to be just offshore by Friday and is now a Category 3 storm with 125mph top sustained winds.

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. "It's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know", he also said in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning.

The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south. It may move a little north into Virginia or a little south into SC. Due to improvements, farmers say they are better prepared than they were 20 years ago when Hurricane Floyd, a Category 2 storm, hit North Carolina in 1999.

Handout. / Reuters Three North Carolina Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters land as part of storm preparation for Hurricane Florence at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

A state of emergency has also been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington.

There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks. But at the Eagle Crest senior living community near the shore here Wednesday, the windows had always been boarded up and a sign was already hung on the front door announcing that nobody was there.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.

Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard was practically empty at midday on Wednesday, September 12, as the SC town prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. We want to make sure everybody knows that we are out.

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarpaulins. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

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