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The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency after forecasts showed Hurricane Florence possibly taking a south-west turn.

The National Weather Service initially predicted that South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia would be the states directly in the storm's path.

The National Weather Service in a 2014 report said that most surge deaths occurred in Hurricane Katrina and several other big, powerful storms.

"We have also touched base with our vendors to ensure we are stocked up and prepared should any delays or shortages occurs as a result" of the storm", she said. The order eases regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies into Georgia. A hurricane warning was posted for most of the Carolina coast north to the Virginia border.

Beth Burgess, director of Emergency Management for Athens-Clarke County, said her main concern was for the safety and well being of local residents. "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different". One computer model forecasts 27 inches of rain in Wilmington, North Carolina by Tuesday.

With South Carolina's beach towns 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.

Mandatory evacuation orders impacting as many as 1.7 million people are in place along the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and all three states are under a State of Emergency along with Maryland.

The storm is still on track to make landfall in the coastal carolina region, but is starting to drift south. Officials say it is possible SC will bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence.

"There's 25% more people living between Charleston (South Carolina) and Morehead City (North Carolina) than there were when Hugo was making landfall", Myers said. Continue to monitor the latest National Hurricane Center forecasts, as further changes in the track forecast and associated impacts could occur. It will be more tropical depression at that point.

Trump said that his administration is "ready". It looks like it will be North Carolina.

The latest forecast advisories show the 130 miles per hour storm making landfall early Friday in the Carolinas as a major hurricane but then taking a turn toward the southwest.

This story was originally published about the threat of storm surge posed by Hurricane Irma.

"Our sand dunes are healthy but they're not going to be able to keep back a wall of water like that", he said. "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.

"It's surreal to think we may have nothing to go home to", she said.

As skies fluctuated Tuesday between heavy showers and occasional bright spots, a certain sunny outlook swaddled Wrightsville Beach, despite the looming arrival of Florence's heavy winds and inundating rains that has prompted widespread evacuations along the southeastern USA coast.