As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

UPDATE: Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2 storm

Meteorologist Sandy LaCorte said the 11 a.m. forecast did not change much from the one six hours prior, and that the track takes the risky storm right through the heart of SC. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by Florence next week.

Latest forecasts show the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia - parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 metre). Florence is stronger, so you should at least be prepared for some power outages and tree damage even if the storm does not come near us.

"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks".

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

A Hurricane Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into SC, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

The steering currents that are moving the storm along are expected to collapse, leaving the center of the storm drifting over the same area for up to a week.

Hurricane Florence kept everyone on edge Wednesday, when the storm began sliding southward and taking aim at the Georgia coast.

Meteorologists are warning of potentially catastrophic flooding in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 40 inches of rain expected in parts of SC.

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The Newnan Times-Herald will continue to monitor the Hurricane Florence and share the latest information online at www.times-herald.com, on our Facebook page and in our daily print editions.

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports that people living in the barrier island community of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, are bracing for a possible direct impact.

Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said. You never know, but we know.

As the day progresses we'll see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance for a shower or storm.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.

And if that isn't enough, Subtropical Storm Joyce formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, but it's not expected to hit the U.S. The system is expected to drift to the southwest in the coming days. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

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It is very important to point out that changes in the forecast track are still possible and even small changes in the storm could greatly change the expected conditions in your area.

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