"This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina", Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning.
"They're all interplaying with one another and it's not a particularly confident scenario", he said. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".
Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
In Carolina Beach, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland.
As a result, state projections for future sea level rise are more modest than the mainstream. "We've just never seen anything like this".
"But that's not going to be until Monday", Eliasen said". "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".
Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters).
Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles.
Florence's hurricane force winds now extends 80 miles from the center, while the tropical storm force winds reaches almost 200 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tornadoes are possible Thursday in eastern North Carolina. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach.
Many seaports and airports along the southeastern USA coastline have been shut down, more than 1,000 flights have been canceled, and some highways and bridges in low-lying coastal areas could close soon, as Hurricane Florence gets closer to making landfall. The centre is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just off shore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said: "AccuWeather estimates that Hurricane Florence will cause $30-60 billion in economic impact and damage". Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.
"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount of rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely unsafe storm for rain and storm surge.
As Florence closed in, some residents weighed whether to ride it out. The area will suffer far beyond the immediate effects expected.
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President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in North and SC , thus facilitating federal aid to those states. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.
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In Wilmington, Richard King, 64, said Wednesday that he, his wife and perhaps 60 of their neighbors planned to stay.
Persistent rains with 160 km/h winds or higher will take their toll on structures.
"We're a good community up there".
"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. "Time is Running Out".
Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas are boarding up and emptying stores.
Susan Faulkenberry Panousis has stayed in her Bald Head Island, North Carolina home during prior hurricanes, but not this time. She said she and her husband bought their vacation house late past year and just finished remodeling it in April. "While our weather was great, there were some hard things happening in other parts of the state", he said.
The contraflow will end Thursday at noon on 501 and at 6 p.m. on I-26. The Saffir-Simpson scale that meteorologists use to measure hurricanes reflects only the wind speeds involved in the storm, and right now Hurricane Florence's winds are hovering at maximum speeds of about 110 miles per hour (175 km/h).
"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.
Georgia joined North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in issuing an emergency declaration as forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of rain - potentially 10 trillion gallons - on the southern states.
Florence's expanse even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth.
If you're in the path of this storm, get out of it. Pack your stuff into the attic and your vehicle, grab the preferred kids, pets, and spouse, and head inland. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon.
"As it tracks towards the United Kingdom it will degrade - it will become an ex-tropical storm".