Pence heading to Georgia ahead of Hurricane Florence

Despite governor’s order, Beaufort County schools will remain closed Wednesday

Despite governor’s order, Beaufort County schools will remain closed Wednesday

Trump tweeted about the danger to Georgia Wednesday, saying, "Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia".

More than 10 million people are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence as storm force winds move within hours of battering the USA east coast.

Incredible time-lapse footage filmed from a hurricane-hunting plane shows what's it's like to fly through the eye of Florence, the storm that's already forced more than 1 million people to evacuate.

Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity.

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

The local adult-services department and the Area Agency on Aging has been in touch with each senior facilities as well, county public information officer Kathryn Murphy said, and has helped them decide whether and how to plan for the hurricane.

North and SC, along with Virginia, Maryland and Georgia, remain under states of emergency ahead of the "Mike Tyson punch" of a storm's expected landfall in the US later this week.

Latonya Willis of Wilmington, N.C., holds her 17 month-old son Ayden with her other children Kaiden and Dailyn in tow Wednesday before heading out on an evacuation bus ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

Recent forecasts show the likely path of the hurricane and surrounding storm to head southwards after smacking into North Carolina and SC.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

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"It does look a bit similar to Harvey in a sense that it goes roaring into shore and then comes to a screeching stop", said MIT meteorology professor and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel.

And the storm surge, which could be as much as 12 feet in some areas, will be on top of sea level rise from climate change. "There's nobody left to work".

One wrote: 'I hope everyone in the path of Florence's massive penis stays safe'. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children.

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that?

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Florence in Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties Wednesday, Beaufort County schools will remain closed Wednesday.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Along with Florence, there are three other tropical systems, Isaac, Helene and Joyce churning in the Atlantic Ocean.

LATER NEXT WEEK: The remnants of Hurricane Florence could bring some heavy rain to the D.C. region by next week.

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