Weather & Natural Disasters

The Carolinas batten down for ferocious Florence

Adam Jeffery
A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, September 12, 2018.
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Hurricane Florence's winds may have weakened to 105 mph, but the monster storm lurked off the Carolina coast and threatened to dump torrents of rain and catastrophic flooding to a region that's home to 10 million people. 

More than 1.5 million people have been told to leave parts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. 

The following are images of residents preparing for the colossal storm, which was expected to make landfall by Friday morning.

Image above: A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, Sept. 12, 2018.

'Looters will be shot'

Doug Lewis (L) and Chris Williams use plywood with the words 'Looters will be shot' to cover the windows of Knuckleheads bar as they try to protect the business ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 12, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States. Hurricane Florence is expected on Friday possibly as a category 4 storm along the Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina coastline. 
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Doug Lewis (L) and Chris Williams use plywood to cover the windows of Knuckleheads bar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Wednesday as they try to protect the business ahead Hurricane Florence's landfall.

The President is briefed

President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office September 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. 
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President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

Need backup

Employees assist a customer load a portable generator into a pickup truck at a Home Depot Inc. location ahead of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. 
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Employees help a customer load a portable generator into a pickup truck at a Home Depot in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Bagging up

Local resident Dave Collins shovels sand into a bag while the coastal area is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 11, 2018 in Wrightsville Beach, United States. Hurricane Florence is expected on Friday possibly as a category 4 storm along the Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina coastline. 
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Dave Collins of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, shovels sand into a bag on Tuesday while the coastal area prepares for Florence.

Hurricane survivor

Al Brookins of Haverlock, North Carolina, poses with his shirt that lists some of the previoius hurricanes he has lived through while taking a stroll on the beach before the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. 
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Al Brookins of Haverlock, North Carolina, poses in Atlantic Beach on Wednesday in a T-shirt that lists hurricanes he has lived through. 

Surf's up

A surfer enjoys the surf as Hurricane Florence churns in the Atlantic on September 12, 2018 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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A surfer in Wrightsville Beach  rides the wave as Hurricane Florence churns in the Atlantic on Wednesday.

Empty shelves

A store's bread shelves are bare as people stock up on food ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 11, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
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A store's bread shelves are left bare Tuesday as people stock up on food in Myrtle Beach.

Finding shelter

People line up to enter a hurricane shelter at Trask Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 11, 2018. 
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People line up to enter a hurricane shelter at Trask Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Raging waves

Waves crash around the Oceana Pier as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence being to affect the coast September 13, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, United States. Coastal cities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virgnian are under evacuation orders as the Category 2 hurricane approaches the United States. 
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Waves crash around the Oceana Pier as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence begin to affect the coast in Atlantic Beach on Thursday.

Fueling up

Customers line up to buy propane at Socastee Hardware store, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, September 10, 2018. 
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Customers line up to buy propane at Socastee Hardware store in Myrtle Beach on Monday.

Tee up

Jacob Whitehead (L) and Matt Jones hit golf balls into the surf as Hurricane Florence approaches, on September 11, 2018 in Wrightsville Beach, United States. Hurricane Florence is expected on Friday possibly as a category 4 storm along the Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina coastline. 
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Jacob Whitehead (L) and Matt Jones hit golf balls into the surf as Hurricane Florence approaches on Tuesday in Wrightsville Beach.

National Guard prepares

South Carolina National Guard soldiers transfer bulk diesel fuel into fuel tanker trucks for distribution in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. September 10, 2018.
U.S. Army National Guard | Sgt. Brian Calhoun | Reuters

South Carolina National Guardsmen transfer bulk diesel fuel into fuel tanker trucks for distribution in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday.

Jammed highway

Residents evacuate from coastal areas near Wallace, North Carolina, on September 11, 2018. - Hurricane Florence would deliver a 'direct hit' to the US East Coast, emergency officials warned on September 11, 2018, urging residents to heed evacuation orders and seek shelter from the potentially catastrophic storm. 
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Residents evacuate from coastal areas near Wallace, North Carolina, on Tuesday.