High waves crash into Jennette's Pier due to Hurricane Florence

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the area.

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. A Category 2 storm means winds of 96-110 miles per hour; a Category 3 storm means 111-129 miles per hour. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery for people who have stayed behind. "You feel like you should have already left".

Florence is now expected to begin delivering tropical storm-force winds in the region by early Thursday, escalating to hurricane-force winds by late Thursday or early Friday. He said one in four deaths in these types of storms are caused by the extreme rainfall.

Allison James, who lives at Huntersville, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, says based on reports this area would not be directly affected.

The DHS IG is examining whether Long misused government vehicles and personnel for his six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, Politico reported.

Despite the hurricane losing wind intensity since its peak as a Category 4, it has grown substantially in overall size and its predicted deceleration in forward speed will take a costly toll. I go into panic mode. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact - and we have that". The site lost enough material to fill around two-thirds of an Olympic-sized pool, the company said in a statement, adding that it did not believe the incident posed a risk to health or the environment. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

"It's cumulative damage", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start". So will the trees. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

"We can't get a bucket truck out there when tropical storm winds are still blowing", she said. The threat of freshwater flooding will also increase over the next several days.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. The utility room of John Hembree and Scot Perkins' Chesapeake home has become a refuge for their neighbor's birds as well as their own chickens, three dogs, turtle and cat.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

And there's no way her family could afford that - or the $1,728 per room another hotel quoted. "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically".

"But I'm not afraid", he said.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump on Wednesday. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

How many people will it affect?

If it stalls over land, downpours and flooding would be especially severe. It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night. In coastal North Carolina, this could be 20 to 30 inches, isolated up to 40 inches in some areas, which could lead to catastrophic flooding.

The town is less than 5 feet above sea level, and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of its 6,300 residents are planning to stay.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility in SC, said it may take days before line workers can even begin restoration work, spokeswoman Mollie Gore said. German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures of the monster storm taken from the International Space Station along with the warning: "Watch out, America!" "If God's coming for you, you can't run from him".

Here is the latest forecast bubble for the storm ...

Helene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday.

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