Photos of Hurricane Florence from space are truly scary to behold

An auto parts store has wood paneling installed over the windows Tuesday Sept. 11 2018 in New Bern N.C. as a precaution against storm damage from Hurricane Florence

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

More than 1 million people in coastal areas in North and SC and Virginia faced mandatory evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall on Friday.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday that mandatory evacuations would begin at noon Tuesday for more than 1 million people on the South Carolina coast.

The Category 4 cyclone is set to unleash fierce winds and massive waves as it makes landfall in North and SC and Virginia, early on Friday.

Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm, is less than 48 hours out from making landfall in the Carolinas. Landfall was expected sometime late Thursday and FEMA officials said Wednesday was the last day for people to get out safely.

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Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings.

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperiled Georgia, too.

The hurricane's "cone of uncertainty" shifted south to contain a larger area of southeastern SC this morning - including Beaufort County.

Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC.

"We could get some rain and gusty winds".

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Officials warned there was a chance of "life-threatening inundation from rising water" as the hurricane is due to hit land on Friday.

Hurricane Isaac is now moving through the western tropical Atlantic Ocean but will likely bring heavy rain and damaging winds to parts of the Lesser Antilles later this week.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence. All lanes of Interstate 26 are westbound to allow more people to leave the coast and head inland toward the state capital of Columbia.

If the hurricane continues in a southwesterly direction, the Georgia coastline and inland counties will experience the outer bands of the storm, meteorologists said.

A new video shows chaos inside of a North Carolina Walmart as people attempt to stock up on provisions ahead of Hurricane Florence. And then from there, it's going across the area meaning a big flooding threat is in the forecast.

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Long lines formed at service stations, and some started running out of gas as far west as Raleigh, with bright yellow bags, signs or rags placed over the pumps to show they were out of order.

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