>> This is not gonna be a glancing blow. This is gonna be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.>> That punch by Hurricane Florence expected to bring devastating winds, days of rain, and potentially deadly flooding when the storm slams into the Carolinas later this week.>> North Carolina, my message is clear.
Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in.>> The governor of North Carolina Wednesday warning the time to prepare is almost over.>> This morning's forecast shows the storm is only hours away.>> It's expected to stall once it hits land, and then shifts south. Since Monday, more than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastal areas in the Carolinas and Virginia.
Officials in Wilmington, North Carolina telling residents they wont attempt to rescue any one once wind speeds exceeds 50 miles per hour. Officials and the president are urging those in the way of the storm to heed the warnings.>> Get out of its way, don't play games with it.
>> President Trump, who faced fierce criticism for his administration's handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, insists they're ready.>> We'll handle it, we're ready, we're able.>> On Tuesday, the president reignited the flame, taking time to praise his government's response to Maria.>> I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about.
>> A recent estimate puts death toll for Maria at nearly 3,000 people. But back in the Carolinas, businesses are boarded up and streets are starting to look deserted as the region hunkers down for what could be the most powerful storm in nearly 30 years.>> Now, we've got plenty of bags, I think