Hurricane Florence disrupts deliveries, threatens US supply chain

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Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast.

An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, said Marc Chenard of the US Weather Prediction Center.

The storm is expected to make landfall early Friday morning near Wilmington, North Carolina.

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak. "This storm is extremely risky".

No storm watches or warnings are in effect for Georgia.

Many organizations in the greater Jacksonville area are offering their help to Hurricane Florence evacuees as the monster storm approaches the Southeast coast.

Forecasters downgraded Florence, once a Category 4, to a risky Category 2 hurricane late Wednesday as the storm made its way toward the Carolinas, where some residents could see storm surges as high as 13 feet.

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Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia.

"We could maybe get some outer bands or very, very outer bands of the hurricane", said Jeremy Geiger, a weather service meteorologist.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

Though Florence won't be making landfall until Friday, tropical-storm-force winds - 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 km/h) - will begin whipping through coastal regions as early as tomorrow, making it exceptionally unsafe to be outside, Graham said.

Preparations to evacuate the facility's residents had begun late last week, days before South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) issued mandatory evacuation orders. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018.

Florence is bearing down with such strength that forecasters say she may literally reshape the Carolina coastline. Right now the storm does not have a lot of speed behind it, so the rainfall will likely be extensive along the coastal areas, with historic flooding predicted there.

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