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Sandy Nunez | 14 September, 2018, 04:46

But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast for days - will bring life-threatening storm surge and torrential rains. The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday.

Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

The station reached 70 million viewers a year ago and averaged more than a million viewers during the week Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Florida. BBC News reports that over 10 million people are under a storm watch as the East Coast braces itself for this hot, wet natural disaster.

Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

"This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to remind individuals that these storms can come up quickly, and we need to be prepared", County Executive Don Mohler said. "Because it's Mother Nature".

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times. "This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley".

Athens prepares for Hurricane Florence, statewide emergency declared
Nathan Deal says the state "is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence ". At 5 a.m., the storm was centered 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph).

Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina, Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Along the coast, fewer homes have flood insurance than five years ago.

Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go".

"Your time is running out", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said midmorning Thursday. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".

More than 20,000 residents and businesses in eastern counties are without power, according to online updates from Duke Energy and the N.C. Electric Cooperatives. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, the center of Florence was 100 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 155 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles (402 kilometres) up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him.