'We have a duty:' Myrtle Beach officers prepare for Hurricane Florence

However, it was projected Wednesday that Florence would shift slightly to the south and possibly hit Georgia as well.

'I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm'.

"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. The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say.

The fire department in Carolina Beach was sounding one final alarm Wednesday, urging residents to evacuate the island before Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

Early Thursday Florence was about 235 miles (378 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick and I have been in constant contact throughout the week about the game", Tanner said. "The water level will get a little high but we'll be fine". Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that?

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children. When he packed up the 20-pound brown paper bag he left town with, he says, he remembered to bring his nebulizer, toiletries, and a change of clothes, but left behind his blood pressure medication.

The NHC has issued Hurricane Warnings from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.

"Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", Cooper said.

DOT crews and the State Highway Patrol were quickly clearing accidents, stranded drivers and abandoned vehicles off major highways near the coast so they don't hinder the evacuation effort.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

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

"The Governor has declared a State of Emergency due to the impending approach of Hurricane Florence".

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.

  • Carolyn Briggs