But the weather system will have weakened by the time it hits the western side of the United Kingdom, becoming more of a storm, the Met Office said. Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).
Normally when we talk about the potential for hurricane damage, we talk about the impact of storm surges and high winds - both of which are, to be sure, incredibly unsafe in their own right. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". "I'm going to get killed on the road, '" Bradley said. "While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the US coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m. The rest of South and North Carolina, including cities from Charlotte to Raleigh, can expect 6 to 12 inches of rain - and up to 2 feet in isolated areas, the NHC warned. Florence has weakened a bit over the past 24 hours, but it has also grown larger and will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday.
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A state of emergency has also been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington.
Images captured by Associated Press journalists show the angst of evacuation and solitary beachgoers finding moments of calm before the storm.
While Florence is no longer considered a major hurricane, its reach has expanded, threatening residents from Georgia to Virginia.
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Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. About 10 million people live in areas that were under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches Thursday.
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And then there's the major slowdown that's expected: as of Thursday, Florence was moving roughly 17 km/h, but once it makes landfall, it's expected to nearly stall, with its forward speed dropping to just 9 km/h or less. At the same time, some areas can see up to 15 inches of rain, with a few places experiencing up to 30 inches. Areas from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout face a potential 9 to 13 feet of storm surge, the National Hurricane Center warns, on top of the normal tides. The four storms in the Atlantic come as another one in the Pacific is hitting Hawaii.
As it turns into southern SC.
She added: "The feeling is that it's the wind that's going to be the issue rather than rain and we're probably looking at gale-force winds".
Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.
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.