WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast

"Our goal is to get as many people out of the immediate threatened area to an area that these patients may need to get a better high level of care, where they're not going to be able to get it there, in case of a power failure or something of that nature", Vallejo said.

The hurricane center is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 80 miles per hour (130 kph) before landfall, but with rainfall in the 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeter) range and up to 13 feet (nearly 4 meters) of storm surge.

St. Helena Island near the South Carolina-Georgia line is used to riding out big storms - from one that killed an estimated 2,000 people in 1893 to Tropical Storm Irma a year ago.

The 266 inmates assigned to Palmer were moved to Turbeville a more secure prison. Smaller enclaves of Gullah, referred to as Geechee in some areas, are scattered along the Southeast coast from North Carolina to Florida. Due to security reasons, we do not announce advanced inmate movements.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. And the more it hovers just off shore - a distinct possibility - the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore.

They don't retire the name of every hurricane - and there's already a buzz that Florence will join the likes of Hazel (1954), Hugo (1989), Fran (1996) and Isabel (2003), the four most destructive hurricanes to strike the southeastern United States. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm, and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

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

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

A hurricane warning was in effect from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., nearly 400 miles.

Definitely the storm surge, which could be up to 11 feet in some locations.

Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations.

Tropical disturbance Invest 95L as of Wednesday morning.

Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday. His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.

Trump has called the investigation into Russian efforts to sway the 2016 US election a "witch hunt" and once sided with Russia in its denials of any such meddling. The commanding general says anyone remaining on base will have food, water and protection despite being in the projected path of the storm. We'll discuss the latest on the storm. It's forecast to gradually turn toward the northeast on Friday and then accelerate northeastward over the weekend.

  • Joey Payne