Watch South Carolina BATTERED by gale force winds

Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Florence path changes

Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Florence path changes

Hurricane Florence was more recently downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at around 7:15 a.m. EST.

With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urge people to prepare themselves for the disaster.

With any luck, Navarro and company convinced at least a few people to evacuate who weren't planning to do so.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area. The shelter will open Wednesday night, but officials warn people going there to be prepared to be evacuate in the event of power loss. The storm has weakened to a Category 1, with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. We have wind and rain. Notice the lag in flooding; most rivers will begin to rise 48 to 72 hours after the storm exits the coast. "I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. We are not directly affected.

One Twitter user wrote: "The best kind of infographic is one that is not only completely badass technologically and visually, as this one is, but more importantly it must convey your message clearly".

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

Flock said the back end of the storm, when it does arrive, is not expected to be as strong, so the area could avoid catastrophic wind damage and storm surges. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline".

The National Weather Service shared images of Union Point on the shore at New Bern before and after the storm surge hit.

"This is an extremely risky and life-threatening situation".

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions.

Officials are advising people who are stranded to move up to their attics or other high ground if possible.

Hurricane Florence won't just leave fallen trees and flooded streets in its wake.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.

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