Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage. "It's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know", he also said in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning.
Hurricane Florence is moving closer to the coast of North and SC, where it is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "Heed any flood watches and warnings". He said the government is prepared for the storm. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.
"While Florence has weakened below major hurricane intensity, the wind field of the hurricane continues to grow in size", the NHC added. Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that?
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is foreboding in his assessment Hurricane Florence.
As Florence closed in for the worst strike on the area in decades, President Donald Trump and state and local officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it is too late.
All 22 of the FBS and FCS games scheduled this weekend in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina were canceled or adjusted in some way due to the storm, according to CBS' Jerry Palm. Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders.
Mr Cooper's warnings were echoed by his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, who stated that emergency services may not be able to reach residents if they remain in areas where evacuation orders have been issued.
Hurricane Florence's rainfall now lurks just over 100 miles off the coast of the Carolinas and time is running out to prepare.
Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard was practically empty at midday on Wednesday, September 12, as the SC town prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
A state of emergency has also been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington.
More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.
SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.
The hurricane is expected to dump heavy rain throughout the region and FEMA officials said it's not just a coastal problem.