CLOSINGS: Several schools close ahead of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is closing in with large clouds gathering over North Carolina

Rainfall from the storm is predicted to be between two and four inches in Chatham County.

Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that storm surge watches and warnings are in effect Wednesday for the entire North Carolina coast and parts of SC.

Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches and possibly 30 inches in some spots along its track over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and northern SC through Saturday. Large swells along the USA east coast and the northwestern Bahamas will continue this week.

Matthews Motors is using its cars to hopefully shield the business from Hurricane Florence's devastation.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

Although Florence was downgraded from Category 4 status, it is still considered an extremely unsafe storm with maximum sustained winds near 125 miles per hour. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The shopping list for people who have chose to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine.

"With a hurricane, you have plenty of warning, but it's like "should I go or should I stay" and you're never sure, but when they said mandatory evacuation, I thought it's time to get out", said Lynn Morgan.

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Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. REUTERS/Chris KeanePeople walk past a boarded up building before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said. The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the end of the storm. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov.

Elder relatives carry as much weight as meteorologists in a tight-knit community of slave descendants on the SC coast.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

With South Carolina's beach towns now more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. "You feel like you should have already left".

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