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Scenes From The Carolina Coast As Hurricane Florence Surges Ashore

A Waffle House near the S.C.-N.C. border briefly closed down under orders from police — a sign of how seriously people are taking Hurricane Florence.
A woman holding a child sleeps after being evacuated at Southeast Raleigh High School ahead of Hurricane Florence in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday. Source: Callaghan O'Hare

Storm surges of 9 to 13 feet and rainfall up to 40 inches: those are two of the most dire warnings about Hurricane Florence's effect on parts of North and South Carolina. Thousands have heeded evacuations orders; others are hoping to cope with the storm in their homes or at local shelters.

Weather and emergency officials are warning people in Florence's path not to interpret maps showing the location of the storm's center, or reports that it's losing top wind

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