Currently packing Category 2 sustained winds of 110 mph, a potentially devastating Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall Friday morning. Certain areas will begin to feel the brunt of the storm today, and the storm’s effects will continue throughout the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, stated it “will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast.”

The slow-moving, massive Florence has recently been tracking in a more southerly direction. The storm is predicted to stall—increasing rain and storm surge levels—and, in any case, will affect millions of people, including those relatively far from the coast. Forecast models extend the hurricane’s impact as far as from Virginia to Alabama.

“This is not going to be a glancing blow,” FEMA’s Jeff Byard said, as widely reported on Wednesday. “This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina Coast.”

Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries is poised and ready to respond in Jesus’ Name with staff, equipment, and disaster relief units—tractor trailers filled with tools and supplies. Preparations for a possible deployment are already well underway. If a response is mounted, teams of volunteers will be mobilized to help homeowners with cleanup. Billy Graham Rapid Respond Team chaplains would also be called on to serve.

Hurricane warnings and watches currently extend from southern South Carolina, to the North Carolina-Virginia border. In addition to destructive winds and storm surge—up to 13 feet—on the coast, inland flooding is a major danger. Isolated areas may receive more than three feet of rain through the weekend.

More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation in the face of the storm. The governors in both Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland have declared states of emergency. President Donald Trump has issued federal emergency declarations for both North and South Carolina.

“Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event,” the National Weather Service advised.

Please pray as this terrible storm bears down on the Eastern Seaboard. Pray for safety for residents and for our preparations to respond.