According to a report by the news agency Associated Press, Hurricane Florence threatens to cause historic flooding and blow catastrophic winds.
Hurricane Florence could flood thousands of buildings. The storm surge could reach up to more than 3.9m, if the maximum surge coincides with high tide. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.
Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 from Oakland, California, search a flooded neighborhood for evacuees during Hurricane Florence in Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina.
Where is Hurricane Florence now?
In its 2 p.m. September 13 update, the NHC the storm is getting hit by the Outer Banks and southeastern North Carolina.
"We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful". It's expected to bring tropical storm conditions and up to 5 inches of rain across the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. The Navy, Air Force and Army have been moving people, ships and aircrafts out of harm's way, though evacuations were not mandatory at bases such as Camp Lejeune.
"But forecasts for life-threatening storm surge and rain-induced flooding have not changed!" The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome. Some roads were already impassable in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There are now fewer tourists to send away. The power company has warned that up to 3 million people could be left without power for an extended period of time following Hurricane Florence.
Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.
With South Carolina's beach towns now more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.
It is unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.
When will Hurricane Florence hit Charlotte?
"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.
Duke Energy said Florence, a Category 2 storm, could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. But that part of the East Coast rarely sees major hurricanes.
SC authorities reported one death. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, rubbish bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.
Some Virginian neighbors made a decision to be cooped up with their chickens and other pets as Florence approaches. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area. Presbyterian has cancelled its football game with Stetson on Saturday.