Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the
Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the
"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm,"
The hurricane was seen as a major test for the
Schools and businesses closed as far south as
Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in
"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said. "Because it's Mother Nature. You can't predict."
Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and
Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old
"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas," she said. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together. A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight."
Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster because of human-caused climate change.
Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated," said Fisher, 74. "I've got four cats inside the house. If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place."
Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated.
The police chief of a barrier island in
"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate,"
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