SC will not be evacuating Ridgeland Correctional Institution, even though it's in an area that could be hit by Hurricane Florence, the newspaper The State reports. Although North Carolina is still expected to see the worst of the storm, a more southern track would mean that states further north - like Virginia - could be spared of some nasty weather.
Past history suggests this might prove disastrous.
The incredible video, recorded on Monday, shows the Lockheed WP-3D Orion flying through the strong winds of the hurricane until it reaches the eerily calm eye. Prisoners who outlasted Hurricane Irma described cells covered in mold, urine, and feces, and prison guards spoke out about the horrors of conditions.
Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.
"Residents in the path of these devastating storms should comply with all evacuation orders and other emergency instructions".
Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC.
"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damaged, there will be homes damaged, and there will be debris on the roads", said Jeff Byard, an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Hurricane-force winds will bring down trees and damage homes and businesses.
The official track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, then veering south through SC and Georgia into Monday.
"The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds, flooding is the deadliest result of these storms". Florence is now expected to make a slightly earlier arrival near the border of North and SC early Friday.
Hurricane Florence is continuing to move west-northwest and is still forecast to hit North Carolina and SC, bringing destructive storm surges, rain, and wind.
Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the USA, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas.
"It's kind of scary, but now that it's dropped to a Category 3, it's really not bothering me that much", she said. Officials are warning that the hurricane could become a multiday event as it slows down before making landfall.
Rainfall totals from Hurricane Florence will top 20 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service says.