Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect

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In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service spokesperson in Wilmington, North Carolina said Tuesday night, according to ABC News.

Fountain said most storms are an inconvenience, "but Hurricane Florence will be a life-changing event for many people here in the Carolinas".

The 266 inmates assigned to Palmer were moved to Turbeville a more secure prison. The flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC might be "unprecedented", according to the agency. Due to security reasons, we do not announce advanced inmate movements. However, while the hurricane hasn't strengthened in terms of peak winds, the inner-core and outer wind fields have continued to expand, resulting in an increase the cyclone's total energy, which will create a significant storm surge event.

With flood waters rising rapidly in many communities, people trapped in homes awaited rescue, while tens of thousands hunkered down in shelters after fleeing their homes as the storm approached.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but is still considered an extremely unsafe and life-threatening storm, USA officials said. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting through Friday.

Storm surge watches and warnings are separated from hurricane alerts because hurricane-force winds and storm surges don't always occur at the same place or the same time, said Rick Knabb, the former director of the hurricane center, and now the hurricane expert at the Weather Channel.

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland have all declared states of emergency ahead of Florence.

President Donald Trump touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

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More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC yesterday, utility officials said.

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.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

He notes that forecasts for the weekend show a continued threat to southwest Virginia as the storm is expected to make a gradual northerly turn.

Tropical Storm Isaac is also moving westward across the eastern Caribbean.

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Follow our live updates page for the latest on the storm. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.

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