Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

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"Life-threatening storm surge flooding, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are still expected".

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 meters) of water in spots, projections showed.

While current conditions do not indicate a need to open shelters, there are evacuees moving through our community. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

The precipitation from Florence will start midday Thursday and then it will rain for four days, said CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater.More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in Virginia and the Carolinas, where up to 40 inches of rain could fall.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said.

Florence became a unsafe Category 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon before it downgraded to a Category 2 Wednesday night with winds at 110mph.

The Atlantic hurricane is located about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km/h), the NHC said.

"Get out of the way of it", President Trump said in a video address Wednesday.

People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast. In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

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"There are a lot of areas that have never seen flooding are going to experience it", Mr. Pfaff said.

Hurricane experts expect the storm to slow its forward motion through today into Friday (Sept. 14), the NHC reported.

The evacuations continued as Florence weakened a bit in its charge towards the East Coast, downgrading from a Category 3 storm to a Category 2, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high tide periods.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north SC and Virginia, causing catastrophic flash flooding. "The issue most closely monitored right now is the supply chain". "We're trying to get those last stragglers off of the barrier islands". "I want to get them as far away as possible.

While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane as it approaches the US coast". "I will enjoy the quiet", he said.

Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were closed from Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper warned.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.