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16 September 2018, 11:13 | Dale Webster
Where is Hurricane Florence heading? Will it bounce south? Expect variance in forecasts, experts say.
Overall, risky storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.
But the hurricane's sheer size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day, according to weather forecasters.
"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing.
Farmer said since October 2015 when the state suffered serious flooding from what was at the time called a 1-in-1,000 year megastorm, he has encouraged residents to purchase flood insurance.
More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.
"This is a very risky hurricane", Mr McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was "mandatory, not voluntary".
People in North Carolina and SC have the daytime hours Thursday to complete their final preparations to ride out or escape the storm. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.
A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.
"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.
It is also a very large storm, with hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).
Storm surge flooding does not include floods caused by the heavy rain from the hurricane, such as what happened previous year in Houston with Hurricane Harvey and in North Carolina in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew.
Causey, a former insurance agent who was elected as commissioner in 2016, said the NCDOI has been in touch with agent associations, carriers, FEMA, other states nearby that can provide resources, and the North Carolina Coastal Insurance Property Pool (the Beach Plan), which insures seven out of 10 homes along the state's coast.
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Officials in New Bern said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said.
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Almost 300,000 customers in North Carolina were meanwhile reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.