'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence

Vehicles were directed onto U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach S.C. Tuesday. The state government ordered traffic to use all the lanes on the route leading away from the coast to facilitate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence

Super Typhoon Mangkhut tore through the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday packing winds of more than 200 km per hour (124 mph) along with torrential rain, killing three people and causing floods, landslides and power outages.

The most likely arrival time for tropical storm force wind is Friday morning.

"We've had a briefing from the governor's office from our emergency management experts down in Raleigh and we're as prepared as we can be", said Tillis.

Heavy rains and strong winds on the outer rings of Hurricane Florence began to hit the Outer Banks region of North Carolina on Thursday, with the storm expected to slowly reach the Carolinas by the end of the day. The storm was about 170 miles (275 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence's eye would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Storm surge warnings, hurricane warnings, and tropical storm warnings are in effect along the coast of the Carolinas. If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2, these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts. The storm's size and area affected by hazardous winds have actually expanded, and the threat from storm and rain-induced flooding "have not changed" tweeted Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert and former Hurricane Center director.

Any "flooding will be worse around high tide, and a slow-moving storm will stick around for at least one tide cycle", explained McNoldy.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia. Philippines starts massive evacuations as huge typhoon nears Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people on Thursday from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north.

"When it comes to this kind of storms, I ain't gonna lie", she said. As Florence moved inland, it was expected to pass near-enough to bring winds of up to 40 miles per hour to Charlotte, the second-busiest hub for American Airlines.

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They say it remains very large and very unsafe, bringing more than 30 inches of rain to the coast and heavy winds that will impact a giant swath of land.

Still, there are several other North and SC airports in the storm's path.

Florence's slow storm movement after landfall may bring an extended period of heavy rainfall through the weekend into early next week.

The center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop as much as 40 inches (1 meter) of rain in places, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last September, blacked out the entire island of about 3.3 million people.

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