Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm with wind speeds of 130 mph, should hit the Carolina coastline by Friday. Forecasters are worried that the hurricane could stall out and dump flooding rain for days.
“This storm is … nothing like you’ve ever seen,” said NC Gov. Roy Cooper. “Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different. Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster.”
It’s been decades since a storm this strong has hit the eastern seaboard. More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in the Carolinas and Virginia. Some 30 million people in the Southeast will be affected if the current forecast is correct.