US officials are warning that Hurricane Florence, which is nearing the US East Coast, could kill a lot of people.
Brock Long, an administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said storm surges may bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas.
Though Florence has been downgraded to a category two storm with 105 miles per hour winds, Mr. Long said it remained very dangerous.
He warned of heavy rain in the Carolinas and Virginia.
By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 miles per hour.
Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.