Hurricane Florence has prompted evacuations from Georgia to Virginia as the dangerous storm approaches land -- but time is running out for the few remaining holdouts.
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Florence, expected to make landfall early Friday, could bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall.
"People do not live and survive to tell the tale about what their experience is like with storm surge," Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "It's the most deadly part of the hurricane."
Here are some tips to keep in mind during evacuations, according to the Department of Homeland Security:
-- Identify several places you could go, like a friend's home or a motel. Pick places in different directions so you have options.
-- If you have pets, remember that most public shelters allow only service animals.
-- The FEMA app has a list of open shelters.
-- Unplug electronics like TVs and small appliances.
-- Follow recommended evacuation routes and don't take shortcuts.
-- Come up with a family re-unification plan in case you are separated.
-- Take an emergency kit with you that includes water, food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra batteries and important family documents.
-- Stay in contact with local officials.