Florence's nighttime winds were down to 110 miles per hour (175 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 3 storm fell to a Category 2, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.
"A storm with the track of Florence is unprecedented".
Forecasters have warned of life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and risky rip currents along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival. Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall is expected across portions of North and SC.
"It's now not precisely equal to Hugo, but it without a doubt is forecast to be a serious hurricane making landfall, so in that sense this is seemingly to be adore Hugo", National Climate Service meteorologist Jake Wimberley informed The Charlotte Observer.
"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said.
"The National Hurricane Center forecasts additional strengthening for Florence before it reaches the coastline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14", NASA wrote in the description of the video.
However, her agency was prepared to assist neighboring SC and North Carolina, which are in the landfall bullseye for Category 4 Hurricane Florence, according to some computer models.
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.
In addition to the dangers the expected deluge of water poses, the hurricane center cautioned, "A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina beginning late Thursday morning".
The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.
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Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.
"If I need to evacuate I can go to my son's house", Sparks said as he carted a load of water bottles to his auto. At 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) on Wednesday the storm was located about 530 miles (855 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said.
This contrasts with other storms, such as Harvey, which sat for days over Houston and dumped more than 51 inches of rain, killing 82 people past year.
"This will be a storm that's going to be far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades", Trump said.
The percentage of customers who may be affected by power outages following Hurricane Florence.
On Wednesday, we got an inside look at the planes at Lakeland Linder Airport. "I was in the same house and it stood fine".
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, 'The time to prepare is nearly over.
Mass evacuations in the Carolinas and Virginia are starting the clock ticking on business-interruption insurance policies, which help replace lost income for companies when natural disasters strike. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", said ESA's astronaut Alexander Gerst on Twitter.
"Heed those warnings and evacuate if you're in one of the zones".