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Hurricane Florence: Georgia Governor declares state of EMERGENCY for all 159 counties

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Sandy Nunez | 13 September, 2018, 12:13

Hurricane Florence is approaching the southeastern coast of the USA with wind speeds of about 120 miles per hour.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

The storm was forecast to stall close to shore, pounding picturesque beaches along a stretch of coast which includes the historic city of Charleston.

Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the USA, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas. "Protection of life is the absolute highest priority and that's what we are doing".

But in order to make sure that they have enough resources for a potential surge of patients, doctors have been making rounds all week to determine which patients are stable enough to be discharged home so they can evacuate with friends and family instead of being in the hospital during the hurricane, spokesman Brian DeRoy said.

"We are on the wrong side of this storm where most of the damage is done", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a Wednesday briefing on the storm.

Hurricane warnings continue in parts of eastern North Carolina and northern coastal SC.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land.

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That amount of storm surge would put Florence on par with Hurricane Fran.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said. Before Tuesday, he'd been debating whether or not he would stay in the coastal area ahead of the storm, but ultimately chose to flee after receiving an automated emergency call at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

"I was very apprehensive", he said.

Her children are adults now and live out of her home, and her husband is caring for their two dogs while she is hunkered down in Roper. 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. Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that?

Another commenter said: 'That hurricane better be taking me to dinner first'. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

The hurricane could also produce heavy and excessive rainfall - up to 40 inches in isolated areas in the Carolinas and anywhere between 6 to 12 inches elsewhere in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region.