The Canadian government has warned citizens against travel to the stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by Florence.
The storm is now expected to make landfall in the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina early Friday morning or possibly stay in the ocean before making a shift to the left toward SC.
But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. It's expected to hit the Carolina coast late Thursday evening.
Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 165 kph after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.
Florence is now moving to the northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.
One forecast from weather-tracking website Weathermodels.com predicts that over the next week, the Carolinas could see as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain. South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).
"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won't be known until a day in advance", Landsea said: There's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles off shore versus heading inland immediately.
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.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways.
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Surges up to 4 meters could inundate Cape Fear, North Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with smaller surges ranging from half a meter to 3 meters in coastal areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to coastal areas extending north into North Carolina.
There are, in fact, 10 of them - and Florence isn't even the most unsafe one.
Hurricane Florence has weakened somewhat early Thursday as its outer bands approach the North Carolina coast, but weather officials cautioned that the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions.
Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear-skies high-pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI.
"We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).
Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.
Some people, such as Jennie, are refusing to heed evacuation warnings. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said.
It's still a threat to 10 million people on and near the coast.
'Regardless of an article, right now I'm 100% focused on Floyd, and that's exactly where our attention needs to be with the life-safety mission, ' said Long at an emergency briefing to update Americans on Hurricane Florence.