The waiting is the most stressful part. With the arrival of Hurricane Florence tomorrow, the southern half of the North Carolina coast will likely experience winds, or at least gusts (rafales), of more than 100 mph (160 kph, maybe 200 kph).
The distance from Norfolk (Virginia) to Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) is more than 300 miles (500 km). My home town, Morehead City, is about half way between the two. The body of water just north of Morehead, enclosed by barrier islands called "the Outer Banks," is Pamlico Sound, which is an enormous estuary in the form of a shallow lagoon. The N.C. sounds stretch over more than 3,000 square miles (nearly 8,000 km²). For comparison, France's Loir-et-Cher département where we live has a surface area of 6,300 km².
The biggest danger now is the storm surge, I believe. Carteret County, in which Morehead City is the largest town, has a total area of 1,341 square miles (3,470 km²), of which 506 square miles (1,310 km²) is land and 834 square miles (2,160 km²) — 62% — is water. Some of my ancestors came to live here more than 300 years ago.