NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the large and powerful Hurricane Florence early on September 13 that indicated wind shear was temporarily affecting the southern side of the storm. Pick places in different directions so you have options. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC.
President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and 1.7 million people have been warned to leave.
"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned.
WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich told WFAE Morning Edition host Marshall Terry that the shift of Florence means more rain for the Charlotte area. "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".
The National Hurricane Centre said it was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher.
About 10 million people live in areas that were under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches Thursday.
Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina.
As the hurricane closed in, some residents wondered whether to ride it out. "Everyone was sold out", she said. The five adults, six children, and a dog and a cat, will leave their homes Wednesday.
The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 miles per hour, the NHC said. "If it's my time to go, I'll go".
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"You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said.
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said. "My home is all my wife and I have, materially speaking, a lifetime of stuff". At least nine nuclear facilities also lie in the storm's path, including Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina. From there, they headed to her father's home in Ohio. "We're going to be there to help", Cooper said.
The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.
"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said.
But the NHC warned that Florence still poses a deadly threat to a wide stretch of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, from southern Georgia into southern Virginia, and remained capable of unleashing rain-fueled catastrophic flooding of rivers and low-lying areas.
Locals in the Carolina states have said they have little trust in the authorities and fear they would not get much support from central government should the area be devastated by the hurricane, given the response to the devastation caused by Maria to Puerto Rico previous year.
Maryland's largest natural gas and electric company, BGE, said it was also preparing for the storm. McMaster ordered the closure of schools and state government offices for nonessential personnel in affected areas.
"Pets are not allowed inside Red Cross evacuation shelters", McMaster said.
On Thursday, the Post and Courier based in Charleston, S.C. reported some local residents were avoiding orders of evacuation to attend hurricane parties instead.