Free lodging, waived fees and other ways businesses are helping Hurricane Florence evacuees

Paula Baker carries flowers she'll leave on her son's grave that she plans on visiting after evacuating her home in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on Wednesday, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.

(CNN)As Hurricane Florence bears down, with forecasters calling it "the storm of a lifetime," the Carolinas and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuation orders that impact more than 1 million residents.

Wednesday is the "last good day to evacuate," Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator Jeff Byard said Wednesday morning, warning that Florence "is not going to be a glancing blow. ... This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast" from Thursday into the weekend.
As evacuees head for safer ground, various businesses are offering their support in the form of free housing, waived fees and other services.

Airlines are waiving baggage and pet fees

    Airlines have extended waivers and advisories for travelers with itineraries involving airports in the predicted path of the storm.