According to the National Hurricane Centre, heavy rains with tropical-storm-force winds are spreading across the outer banks and coastal southeastern North Carolina.
A Category 2 storm packs sustained wind speeds of 96-110 miles per hour (154-177 kilometers/hour) and is no longer considered a "major" storm - a class belonging to hurricanes Cat 3 and up.
Because landfalling hurricanes commonly spawn twisters, a tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina.
Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help people to higher ground after rescuing them from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence in James City, North Carolina.
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The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week when the storm had rated as a Category 4 major storm, but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against complacency because of the drop.
"While the peak winds have fallen, they are still strong enough to be destructive to houses and trees, and the water-related threats (storm surge and rain) remain a very big concern", he wrote in a blog post Thursday.
Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a risky Category 1 storm Friday, but millions have still been affected.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its 8 a.m. update on September 13, the storm has 110 mph winds is located 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and around 220 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The coastal areas of North Carolina are expected to bear the brunt of the storm surge, with a nine to 13-foot (four-meter) wall of water pushing inland. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.
"Hurricane Florence was uninvited but she's just about here anyway", he said at a news conference.
"When it comes to this kind of storms, I ain't gonna lie", she said.
Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old Brittany Jones went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh.
Eduardo Corta cuts plywood boards to put on his mobile home a day before the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks". Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does.
A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's approach said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".
Trailing 14-13 by the middle of the match, the Buckeyes pulled out all of the stops to ensure a win in Arlington's At&T Stadium. The Horned Frogs took the lead on a 93-yard touchdown run by Anderson, who was barely touched as he went around left end.
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The Philippines tends to get hit almost every year, the Carolinas far less frequently though with lots of close calls, Maue said. Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.
It was crawling west-southwest at 3 miles per hour , lifting huge amounts of ocean moisture and dumping it far from the coast. Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.
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He said that the government will achieve higher growth rate more than what was projected in the previous budget meeting. The government has collected Rs 92.19 billion from disinvestment receipt against the target of Rs 800 billion for FY19.
The Bengals look poised for a 2-0 start to the season, but remember, there is still over a half of football left to be played. Both these teams enter tonight's game with 1-0 records. "We can spread the ball around and get a lot of guys involved.
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Meanwhile, in SC , at least one gator seemed to be cool with the outer bands of wind and rain that whipped the Myrtle Beach area. A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department saidon TwitterFriday afternoon.
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As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina , along with 119,000 in SC . In other parts of the state, those who chose to stay behind and ride out the storm needed rescuing as the storm stalled.
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President Donald Trump has urged residents to heed the official evacuation warnings. "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm". The hurricane is about 470 miles (755km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach, SC with maximum sustained winds of 125mph (205km/h).