President Trump chimed in Wednesday, warning residents of afflicted areas to "be ready, be prepared!" "Don't play games with it", he added. "Our first responsibility is to Athens-Clarke County, of course, and any assistance we could provide would depend on the amount of resources we have available", Burgess said.
A weather channel has painted a confronting picture of the worst case scenario for Hurricane Florence , which is now hitting the east coast of the United States. He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 130 km (80 miles) from the centre of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 322 km (200 miles) out.
The centre of the storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with gales of up to 90mph (150 km/h). Two people in Lenoir County were killed: a 78-year-old Kinston man who was electrocuted when connecting extension cords in the rain and a 77-year-old man who was blown down by the wind when he went to check on his hunting dogs.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal , concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in the state. Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington , North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.
Outer bands from the hurricane were lashing land on Thursday, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall. Forecasters talked about Florence may perchance well perchance presumably change into an especially unhealthy considerable hurricane one day Monday and live that formulation for days.
As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC, the National Hurricane Center said. At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby . Officials in North Myrtle Beach, where some flooding was occurring, did report some delays in their 911 emergency system, according to a news release, but their public safety personnel are still out in the community.