The outer bands of Hurricane Florence bring strong winds to North Carolina; Leland Vittert reports. Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings. Florence is expected to arrive in southeast North Carolina on Friday morning before drifting south into SC.
Though Florence won't be making landfall until Friday, tropical-storm-force winds - 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 km/h) - will begin whipping through coastal regions as early as tomorrow, making it exceptionally risky to be outside, Graham said.
Even so, many residents of Myrtle Beach proudly recalled how they had weathered a number of storms in the past and were confident they could ride out Florence too. Residents should expect to see higher tides than usual on the James and York rivers, as well as possible flooding and beach erosion.
Hurricane Florence is predicted to creep across the coast from North Carolina to SC, drenching a wide area after making landfall late Thursday or early Friday. The biggest risks from Hurricane Florence may not come from wind, but from the associated rainfall.
He said as FEMA administrator he followed policies 'according to regulation and bottom line is we'll continue to fully cooperate with any investigation that goes on and own up to any mistakes and push forward and keep going, keeping moving on'.
"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.
Hogan declared the state of emergency Monday in an executive order. The company is now in the middle of cleaning up the sites and will not be finished by the time Hurricane Florence rolls in.
Hurricane Florence is shaping up to be a terrible storm, and it does not look any better when you look at it from space.
Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland. So as you can see, they're forecasting a major landfalling storm - Category 3 or 4 storm at landfall.
Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday at 100mph as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140mph earlier this week when it was classified as a Category 4.
AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said the damage and economic impact from the storm will likely be measured in the tens of billions of dollars.
"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County.
With Florence's movement toward land, the primary concern is the deluge of rainfall expected to strike the Carolinas.
And the storm is still expected to bring catastrophic winds, rain, storm surges and flooding, the National Hurricane Center briefing said. On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space".
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