Evacuations have been ordered in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, with residents bracing themselves for up to 40 inches of rain and 13 feet of storm surge. The hurricane’s winds have slowed to a Category 2 level, but Florence remains deadly as it approaches.
As millions of people in the Carolinas seek shelter before the storm, streets have emptied, store shelves have been cleaned out, and gas stations have run out of fuel. The following photos show residents’ preparation efforts before the hurricane’s arrival.
Roads that are normally busy are now desolate after people vacated their homes.
Many businesses are closed and boarded up, particularly in the Carolinas, which are facing the most serious threat.
Coastal cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia received evacuation orders as Florence moves toward the US.
Over 5 million people live in areas under hurricane watches or warnings, according to the National Weather Service.
People have been stocking up on food for the past few days, leaving entire shelves empty in grocery stores.
Gas stations are shutting down, and some gas pumps have been wrapped with plastic.
Here, patio furniture has been placed in a pool to keep it from flying away during the storm.
Some people living by the beach have surrounded their homes with sand bags.
Many buildings have been boarded up ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.
Some of the boarded up windows include information about nearby shelters.
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