Up to 1.7m residents on the eastern seaboard have been scrambling to evacuate their homes as government officials warned the hurricane would deliver a "Mike Tyson punch" to South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Thousands have heeded evacuation orders; others are hoping to cope with the storm in their homes or at local shelters.
Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week. That's because the longer this slow-moving hurricane hovers over land, the more rain it'll dump in the same places.
"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.
The storm's intensity held at about 90 miles per hour (144 kph), and it appeared that the north side of the eye was the most unsafe place to be as Florence moved ashore. Both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters for people caught by the storm.
President Trump spoke with the senators of North Carolina and SC, telling them they have the full support of the federal government and the feds will be there to help with anything their states may need. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks. Customers have included police from nearby Myrtle Beach, an employee told Bradley.
For the first three days, from Thursday to Sunday morning, the heaviest rain will be right along the coast of North Carolina and SC.
People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.
Tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) extended outward up to 195 miles (315 km) from its center and were due to begin raking North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands around 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) before stretching over low-lying areas reaching from Georgia north into Virginia.
In its 2 p.m. September 13 update, the NHC the storm is getting hit by the Outer Banks and southeastern North Carolina.
"The larger and slower the storm is, the greater the threat and impact, and we have that here", NHC Director Ken Graham said on Thursday.
As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Florence packs sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.
Hurricane conditions will likely hit the Carolina coast on Thursday night or early Friday.
His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Reports say Cape Fear could flood up to 22 feet.
Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm.
That has left a sort of ghost town.
"This means more people, structures and land will be subject to the risky winds", Miller said.
The main concerns for us from Florence will be moderately heavy rainfall, which will cause flooded roadways, strong gusty winds, coastal flooding, moderate potential for downed trees and widespread power outages, and unsafe travel conditions.
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