"We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.
The National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting tropical storm-force winds from Hurricane Florence are hitting the North Carolina coast as of 2 p.m. Thursday. The probability slightly decreased to 28 percent for the storm to bring 39 miles per hour winds to Chatham County over the coming five days. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks".
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Another 4,300 people were in 61 shelters in SC, officials said.
Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 105 miles per hour (165 kph) by midmorning, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2. That created some confusion and, officials feared, complacency. "I find it amusing that the storm of hysteria is bigger than the storm itself". We're on the weak, dry side of the storm.
"Don't relax, don't get complacent".
Winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.
Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm.
"This is still a very, very risky storm, not only on the coast but also in the interior of the state", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, R.
A hurricane can kill you in a lot of different ways. Bev Perdue, a Democrat-in 2012, after the state's Coastal Resource Commission published a 2010 report (pdf) predicting that seawater could rise 39 inches along the coast by 2100, and lawmakers, coastal landowners, and members of the real-estate industry responded with alarm over pricey waterfront property that faces billions of dollars in damage.
An estimated 10 million people live in the storm's path, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center, and coastal businesses and homes were boarded up in anticipation. "And remember this, once these winds start blowing.it will be virtually impossible for the rescuers to get in to rescue you".
To keep your food fresh during a power outage, one helpful tip is to do not forget to keep the refrigerator set to 35 degrees before the storm hits. But no one is certain if Florence will be a hurricane or tropical storm at that point, he said.
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The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.
Long urged patience and warned that it would take time to recover from Florence.
"Go ahead and go - even those who are season-veterans that weathered other storms in the past", Knight said. "We call them disasters because they break things". "Our flooding issue is only going to get worse". Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.
Officials say Hurricane Florence could bring not only flooding but also landslides to SC.
"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line. "We are with you!"
Storm surge and hurricane warnings were issued for most of the North and SC coastline. Showers and storms will increase in activity as the day progresses. "So since we can't find anything within our means. we've opted to stay".
"It makes me feel anxious".
North Carolinians made last-minute preparations and hunkered down to await Florence's arrival. On the inland side facing the river, Cramer says rising waters will very likely be "lapping at the first floor of our elevated homes".
Numerous evacuees are workers from American Samoa and Jamaica who were contracted as housekeepers at Myrtle Beach's waterfront hotels.
"We immediately gave up our hotel rooms so that more rooms are now available to those coming inland", Colgate coach Dan Hunt said.
Hurricanes, on the other hand, stick around much longer. They also have three dogs and three parrots. "It's a getaway to not think about the hurricane".
Late Thursday afternoon near the Dockside Restaurant, just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Wrightsville Beach, a group of about a dozen local homeowners stood under a pergola amid sheets of rain.