President Donald Trump said there was nothing to fear because his administration did such good work responding to last year's storms - including Hurricane Maria, which led to the deaths of 2,975 people in Puerto Rico in the six months after the storm, according to an estimate by George Washington University.
"There's 25% more people living between Charleston (South Carolina) and Morehead City (North Carolina) than there were when Hugo was making landfall", Myers said. "Heed any flood watches and warnings".
A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River in SC to Duck in North Carolina, and the hurricane warning is in effect for the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
The Hurricane Center forecasts that Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC on Thursday night and Friday.
North Carolina had 108 shelters open, and SC reported having 56 shelters open on Thursday morning, as the storm headed toward the coast. Then, it will likely hover along the coast on Saturday (Sunday NZT), pushing up to 4m of storm surge and dumping 50 to 75cm of rain on both states, before slogging over the Appalachian Mountains.
The result could be catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, fields and industrial sites.
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave. A high-pressure ridge over the Central and Eastern US is said to be blocking the storm's further movement along its original vectors, though it could still curve again once over land.
But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, a large and risky Category 2 storm and one of 9 deadly storms circling the globe, landed on the North Carolina coast Thursday morning (local time).
Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. The storm's size and area affected by hazardous winds have actually expanded, and the threat from storm and rain-induced flooding "have not changed" tweeted Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert and former Hurricane Center director. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.
Trucks are rushing into the region to restock store shelves, but Peggy Dorf, a freight and logistics market analyst for DAT Solutions, says they won't be for much longer. As of 10:30 p.m. ET, more than 140,000customers along the coast were without power, according to outage maps from Duke Energy and the N.C. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath.
Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.
Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that has since been downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a hotel in Wilmington several miles inland.
"And by that I mean the teams and families but also the allotment of resources used for the game that could be better used somewhere else", Hunt said in a statement. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food. If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".
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Storm Helene will travel up the West Coast on Monday and Tuesday, hitting Wales and travelling through parts of the North West. It should remain unsettled for several days with outbreaks of rain punctured by sunny spells and showers.
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Williams and Montgomery combined to run 21 times for 90 yards and they should have gotten more carries down the stretch. If there was somebody on our team who I know that can mentally and emotionally handle it, it's DC.