Florence may be Carolinas' 'storm of a lifetime'

This GOES-15 satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Millions of Americans are preparing for what could be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. (NOAA via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence "will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast."

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew.

Forecasters in Wilmington, North Carolina, are emphasizing the potential for what they're calling "unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding."

With predicted rainfall measured in feet not inches, forecasters say people living along creeks and rivers in the Carolinas should move to higher ground well ahead of the storm's arrival.

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