(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.
Free lodging, waived fees and other ways businesses are helping Hurricane Florence evacuees
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 have extended waivers and advisories for travelers with itineraries involving airports in the predicted path of the storm.