Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from hurricane

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Florence, a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mile-per-hour winds, was expected to reach the coast of the Carolinas Thursday or Friday, but the most recent National Hurricane Center forecasts show the storm taking a sharp southward turn toward Georgia after landfall.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, including from the Eastern Shore. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

A hurricane warning was issued for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

As Hurricane Florence continues barreling toward the Carolinas, NASA has posted a remarkable video of the storm with winds approaching 130 miles per hour. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals. Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday.

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. The Triad has around a 50% chance of having sustained Tropical Storm force winds.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Isaac will strike the islands of the Lesser Antilles, with Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique under a tropical storm warning. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe.

Florence's secondary threat to the Carolinas will come from heavy rains, which will fall continuously over a wide area for several days.

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