The South Dakota School of Mines hosts talk on impact of Hurricane Florence in the Southeast

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Hurricane Florence will be making landfall soon in the Carolinas and while these parts may be more than 1,800 miles away, the South Dakota School of Mines brought the discussion of the possible impact to campus.

Darren Clabo, the State Fire Meteorologist, said the Southeast coasts are already starting to see some impact with the outer rain bands coming to shore.

Clabo says the hurricane is expected to be a category 3 when it makes landfall with the potential of being devastating to catastrophic. In fact, he says people could soon refer to the area as 'before Florence to after Florence.'

"This will be the strongest hurricane to make landfall this far north in the Carolinas," said Clabo. "We've seen some make landfall in Florida and the Southern part of South Carolina. But nothing as far north as central/north Carolina. So, it will be record setting in more than one way."

About 1 million people are expected to evacuate.