Georgia Governor declares State of Emergency for all counties

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The video also includes still images from NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, who photographed the storm from the ISS.

Because Hurricane Florence is so unbelievably massive, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the monstrous storm from space. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". Even scarier: It could get more violent as it gets closer to the Carolinas.

"From the storm surge, alone, tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded in North Carolina", Cooper said.

As of midday Wednesday, Florence was hurling 130-mph winds. When and where it will make landfall is unclear.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center showed Florence as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

This kind of long-term attack portends severe destruction. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas.

But astonishing winds aren't the biggest danger.

Forecasters say Hurricane Florence is generating enormous waves, as high as 83 feet (25 meters) as it makes its way toward the East Coast.

Hurricane Florence kept everyone on edge Wednesday, when the storm began sliding southward and taking aim at the Georgia coast. The stronger the storm, the stronger the winds and the higher the storm surge will be.

Deal's declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service's storm forecast shows a chance that Florence's track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. Most other beachgoers were long gone.

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"Florence's track beyond Friday is still subject to major change as the weak steering currents evolve", he said.

Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well.

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

Ferry service from North Carolina's Bald Head Island already has stopped. "The wind literally piles up the ocean water and pushes it on the land". A steady stream of vehicles filled with people and belongings is moving inland.

The Carolinas will likely bear the brunt of Florence's wrath.

WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey warned the hurricane will hit the east coast in the next couple of days.

While South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the evacuation order for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties late Tuesday morning, officials in Beaufort County are urging residents to take this storm seriously. People getting a little more than moist over it'.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina.

"We're a resilient bunch down here". President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been". "But this is pretty serious". The four named storms in the Atlantic come as one in the Pacific is hitting Hawaii.

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