Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

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The police chief of Wrightsville Beach, vulnerable on a North Carolina barrier island, agreed that those who refused to leave were now on their own.

More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said. Forecasters predict it will make landfall between Thursday and Friday. It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly.

"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland through the weekend", the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. update. "Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over short distances", the advisory said.

"A slow westward to west-southwestward motion is expected Friday night and Saturday".

Millions of people are in the path of Hurricane Florence as the massive category 2 storm closes in on the Carolina coast on Thursday afternoon.

Hurricane Florence's eye was slightly more than 100 miles from Wilmington, according to a 2 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center. The category ranking of storms only describes the speed of the storm's sustained winds. It was moving 10 miles per hour toward the Port City, the advisory said.

Florence is forecasted to to meander southward through SC after landfall, then it will eventually get caught in the upper level flow and move out of the region. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.

On Wednesday, Florence was downgraded twice from its peak as a Category 4 storm which causes "catastrophic damage".

As the storm continues to track toward western North Carolina and upstate SC, heavy rains in the mountains could trigger mudslides due to the region's topography, Cline added.

Florence's winds and rains continued to batter the Carolinas Friday morning.

"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario".

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.

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Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but then reconsidered.

The NHC says tornadoes within hurricanes are usually "relatively weak and short-lived, but they still pose a significant threat". Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Storm swell is predicted to reach almost 4 metres in height near the coastal cities of Wilmington and Jacksonville, absolutely devastating structures in the region.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.

Durham and Orange counties were not covered by the warning, and that's not likely to change, said James Morrow, a meteorologist at the weather service office in Raleigh. "We're about to be in the thick of it". Areas further from the coast could see 6-12in of rain. It was still considered unsafe with potential for strong winds and hazardous flooding.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said.

The outer edge of Hurricane Florence began buffeting the Carolinas with wind and rain on Thursday as forecasters warned the monster storm would trigger life-threatening flooding as it assaults the United States east coast.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters with more facilities being opened. Gov. Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come. The more it hovers just off shore, the more potentially deadly storm surge it could push on-shore.

"This is an extremely unsafe and life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. As serene as the images are, it's hard to imagine what conditions are like in the storm and on the water under it.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

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