From left to right, Josh Clappsy, Blake Price, and JB Phillips to remove the planks of a jetty in the hope to save it from the rising waters in Swansboro, N. C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Florence exploded in a potentially disastrous hurricane Monday as it closed in North and South Carolina, carrying winds of up to 140 km / h (220 km / h) and water, which can wreak havoc on a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)
WILMINGTON, N. C. – Residents on the Carolina coast, are the find of empty gas pumps and empty store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.
With the storm churning over the Atlantic ocean with 140 mph winds, hurricane watches and warnings include the houses of more than 5.4 million people on the east coast. A steady stream of vehicles filled with people and things in motion in the interior.
Forecasters say Florence is expected to blow ashore late Thursday or Friday early, then slow down and dump 1 to 2½ metres of rain that can cause flooding and inland waterway transport, and major environmental disruption by washing the area of industrial waste sites and farms.
President, Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.