5 a.m.: The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows little change to Florence's path or strength.
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A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet high as Florence churned toward shore.
Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometres). The prospect of even more rain across Pennsylvania anxious Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome Sr. on Thursday.
Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina.
After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria. It could then head west and southwest. Up to 10 feet of storm surge is expected, while some of the inlets can see up to 15 feet.
Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm. Isolated areas could get 40 inches.
"This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to remind individuals that these storms can come up quickly, and we need to be prepared", County Executive Don Mohler said. Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings.
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.
At 11:00 pm (0300 GMT), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving northwest at six miles per hour, the NHC said.
In Myrtle Beach, ABC correspondent Pete Combs painted a starker picture of those who chose to stay in place. Although the rain totals won't be very high, those living in flood zones have been encouraged to evacuate. "They pulled out all the furniture out of the yard.
Georgia Declares Emergency as Hurricane Florence Approaches
More than 10 million people are under storm warnings in the Carolinas and Virginia according to the National Weather Service . The first tropical-storm-strength winds are now expected to hit on Thursday at 2 p.m. and last throughout the weekend.
As Florence churned slowly towards the coasts of North and SC as a Category 2 hurricane, federal and state officials issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.
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.
High winds and downed power lines are another concern for that region.
"But that's not going to be until Monday", Eliasen said". Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.
In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were told to flee. "Now is not the time to let down our guard", he said.
While such preparations were no longer warranted in Maryland, emergency officials still went through the motions of storm readiness.
But, on Thursday evening, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser rescinded her earlier state-of-emergency order for the District.
The massive power behind Hurricane Florence resulted in incredible , and downright terrifying, images and videos taken from space. However, these two are predicted to not cause as much damage as expected of Hurricane Florence .
The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning.
Following talks over the worldwide break, Emery claims the two are getting on and have a good working relationship. And he made it clear he wants to see more from Ozil going forward. "[We get on] very well", Emery said.
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Le capitaine de l'équipe de France a plaidé coupable lors de l'audience et avait tenu à s'excuser après l'incident. En Angleterre, le taux d'alcoolémie légal au volant est de 0,8 g par litre de sang, contre 0,5 g en France.
The storm is expected to linger, dumping several centimeters of rain in affected areas and causing widespread destruction. Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.
La police judiciaire a longuement examiné le secteur et a déjà entendu de nombreux témoins pour comprendre ce qui s'est produit. Elles ont été touchées au niveau des membres inférieurs et hospitalisées et leur pronostic vital n'a pas été engagé.
Quelque 2.800 membres de la Garde nationale ont été réquisitionnés en Caroline du Nord . "Ça va être méchant". Environ 1,7 million de personnes ont donc été sommées de se mettre à l'abri, loin du littoral.
Cooper said 108 shelters are open across the state, with more than 7,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday afternoon. Despite pleas from officials, some residents ignored calls to evacuate.
And the more it hovers just off shore - a distinct possibility - the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore. Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.
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The Belgian defender, who was expected to leave this summer, is back in the fold, but his current deal expires in 2020. We are disappointed because we're going to miss him for this game and possibly Inter Milan but it is not a big issue'.
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