Heavy rainfall began after dark.
The entire town of Carolina Beach is just five feet above sea level, which will be no match for the expected storm surge of 13 feet or more.
Once a Category-4 hurricane with winds of 225kph, the hurricane was downgraded to Category 1 on Thursday night.
They added that the onslaught would last for hours because Florence was barely creeping along at 9km an hour and still drawing energy from the ocean. That forecast area also includes part of southwestern Virginia.
Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.
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Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".
"Incredible job being done by FEMA, First Responders, Law Enforcement and all", he said on Twitter.
Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief.
Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.
This will take place heading into early next week.
Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.
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He said Congress would be generous with disaster relief funding. "This is not going to be a storm that we recover from in days". Hurricane Florence has intensified to a Category 4 Hurricane after it was reduced to a tropical storm over the weekend.
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"This is my third hurricane that I have worked, my second one with Craven County", she says. "Because it's Mother Nature".
Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. That's high enough to cover a house not on stilts.
"It looks heavy outside", she said.
"Inland flooding kills a lot of people unfortunately and that's what we're about to see". "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".
"This is a unsafe storm and it's expected to bring a lot of weather-related issues to the state", he said. Its slow movement meant...
It will likely come on shore Friday near Wilmington, North Carolina.
Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.
Moulson said she initially planned to leave, but as the forecast for Florence weakened and shifted southward, she made a decision to stay.
"You're going to have damaging winds for a longer period of time", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in an update from the NHC.
It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. And others could only hope someone would come for them.
Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated.
The station reported the fourth death involved a 77-year-old Kinston man who family members said died at 8 a.m. Friday when he was "blown down by the wind" while tending dogs.
"We're estimating we've rescued 150-200", New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning, who estimates an additional 150-200 are waiting to be rescued.