President Donald Trump urged residents to heed orders to evacuate and said the federal government was "ready for the big one that is coming".
"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", Epperson said.
He added: "This is a very unsafe storm".
The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.
Since issuing a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday, nearly all of the more than 2500 residents left the island.
Florence is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.
The National Hurricane Center says the Neuse River near the city is recording more than 10 feet (3.05 meters) of inundation.
"Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down to a Cat 2, please do not let your guard down", said Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), speaking earlier Thursday.
Operations at the ports of Wilmington, Charleston, South Carolina, and Norfolk in Virginia, which together handled 23 per cent of East Coast imports in 2017, have been disrupted by the storm.
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.
Virginia and Georgia are also under states of emergency, but it's North and SC that are positioned to suffer the worst of the storm's wrath.
Top winds were holding at 90 miles per hour - that's just a Category 1 hurricane - but some communities were already submerged in more than six feet of water as the storm drenched the coast.
The NHC says tornadoes within hurricanes are usually "relatively weak and short-lived, but they still pose a significant threat". Florence's winds and rains continued to batter the Carolinas Friday morning. "This is an absolute life-threatening scenario".
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Following Hurricane Florence are two more powerful storms crossing the Atlantic, namely Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene. It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches more than 200 kilometers per hour.
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