With powerful winds and flooding forecast, tens of thousands have evacuated Virginia. Many are doing what they can to stormproof their homes.
The US state of Georgia declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence made its way across the Atlantic to the US southeastern coast. More than 1.5 million people have been told to leave their homes.
Seven people have been killed and more than 600,000 homes and businesses across North Carolina have lost power. Authorities warn of epic flooding, as the storm's effects will be felt for the next two days.
From Charleston's colonial mansions, to fragile Outer Banks beaches, to exalted centers of American history, the tourism-heavy US East Coast is facing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.
The death toll from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, has risen to 31. Authorities are warning that flooding could persist for several weeks in some areas with the "worst yet to come."
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