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

The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s this weekend, with the exception of lakefront areas, which are predicted to reach the high 70s. "Be careful!" Trump tweeted. The images here were all taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst on September 12. The actual landfall - when the center of the eye reaches land - will be Friday afternoon at the earliest, said Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But the Miami-based NHC stressed it remained "a life-threatening situation" due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

The Hurricane Center reported heavy rain bands with tropical-storm-force winds had arrived in the North Carolina Outer Banks. Flash floods will be a major problem for some areas, and the overall flooding could be catastrophic. Its surge of ocean water could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 13 feet, and days of downpours could dump more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

"But that's not going to be until Monday", Eliasen said". The biggest problem will likely be mass power outages, he says.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

As of the National Hurricane Centre (NHC)'s latest update, the extremely unsafe weather system was located about 105 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 165 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He compares Hurricane Florence with Hurricane Isabel, which hit the Virginia and North Carolina area at a similar strength in 2003, leaving about a million people without power and Hatteras Island battered.

Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Scientists hypothesize that a warmer world will bring slower storms, so what we saw last year with Harvey - and now this year with Florence - could be a sign of those changes. Rainfalls up to 40 inches (102 centimeters) in some places are expected in a region ranging from coastal North Carolina to northeastern SC, with flash flooding likely, according to the NHC. "That's the second story of a house", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

"What to do when a hurricane is barreling towards you, school is cancelled for the week, + kids are faaaareaking out?" she wrote on the social media site. "Because it's Mother Nature".

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. "I never got the sense that I needed to leave".

"Hurricane Florence was uninvited but she's just about here anyway", he said at a news conference. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

As it turns into southern SC.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.

Kourounis and Robinson have seen their share of hurricanes, many of them together. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.

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