National companies are also stepping in to help Hurricane Florence evacuees.
Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.
On Wednesday morning, the storm was about 550 miles from the Carolina coast and remains a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds.
Parts the eastern seaboard of the United States will be deluged with 40 inches of rain and suffer a "Mike Tyson punch" from Hurricane Florence, emergency planners warned today. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down. But forecasters say there's an increased chance for tropical storm winds to reach Savannah.
Cooper, the governor of neighbouring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.
The experts managed to film the center of Florence as it makes its way toward the east coast, igniting evacuations all across the Carolinas, Virginia and DC.
Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.
Marshall: Well, if it does follow the path of come more toward Charlotte, when can we expect to see the greatest effect here in the Charlotte region?
Michelle Stober loaded up valuables on Tuesday at her home on Wrightsville Beach to take back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.
President Trump and his administration are buckling in for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane expected to slam into the Carolinas by Friday.
It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.
US President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.
Hurricane Florence has changed course, according to the latest weather models.
The first tropical storm-force winds of at least 63 kph were forecast to hit the coast on Thursday.
Emergency preparations included activating more than 2,700 National Guard troops, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia.
Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks.
Mr Long said the hurricane would be a "devastating event" and urged Americans to evacuate if they've been asked to leave their homes. "It's going to happen". We want to make sure everybody knows that we are out.