Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

The storm's center was about 145 miles (235 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of Thursday night.

MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA-Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane "Florence," a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the United States southeast coast.

Furman Unviersity, located in in Greenville, South Carolina, was originally on the outer edge of the projected storm, thus making the game featuring the Paladins and Raiders possible, but a change in the forecast made it one of many games in the area to be canceled.

The bulk of the three media briefings held by police chief Dan House surrounded how they were still anticipating the serious and catastrophic storm surge as well as hurricane force winds.

By midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington.

Overcrowded animal shelters in some North Carolina districts were facing a more grim prospect: euthanizing animals that can't be shipped to safety.

The National Weather Service in Charleston indicated that confidence in the forecast as of early evening Thursday was moderate through 5 p.m. Friday, but then low for the remainder of the weekend. "I am pretty optimistic" that Beaufort is going to "fare well" in Florence, the user said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people not to take the storm's earlier downgrade as a sign the situation is no longer as unsafe.

"Don't relax, don't get complacent". Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.

More than one million people have already been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia, with thousands more moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

Florence is moving toward land at 9 kilometers per hour (6 mph), giving it more time to churn, suck up water, batter the coast, and bring massive amounts of rain inland.

Charlotte Douglas officials said they will begin irregular operations Friday, which means essential staff will work 12-hour shifts throughout the duration of the storm. But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster due to human-caused warming. The center says that storm is about 1,040 miles (1,670) kilometers west-southwest of the Azores and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

More than 20,000 residents and businesses in eastern counties are without power, according to online updates from Duke Energy and the N.C. Electric Cooperatives.

"Help has arrived, help is here", said lineman Abel Hernandez from Florida Power and Light.

Several airports were completely shut down by Florence, including Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Charleston, Fayetteville and Jacksonville, North Carolina.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

"I'm not leaving my child", Foster said. "I've got four cats inside the house". "Have some pity on us because if you stay here and you have a problem and we have to get out in it, there's a chance that we won't because we can't".

  • Carolyn Briggs