By Monday Florence, a slow moving system, will move through Pennsylvania according to model data.
The first image carries a caption that the hurricane is so massive that the only way to get it in the entire frame was to use a super wide-angle lens. If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2, these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts.
Myrtle Beach International Airport in SC has also suspended commercial operations, and urges passengers to check with their airlines - not the airport - about upcoming itineraries.
As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles east southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and was moving northwest at 17 mph, and this general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, was expected to continue through Thursday.
"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.
While Florence has lost some of its strength, it is still considered an extremely risky and life-threatening storm.
Florence could have devastating impacts in Virginia, including storm surges, inland flooding, downed trees and power outages, Gov. Ralph Northam said. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina. "We're going to be there to help", Cooper said.
"A slow motion over eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night".
Florence is forecast to move slowly over the Carolinas after making landfall Thursday night or Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The precipitation from Florence will start midday Thursday and then it will rain for four days, said CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater.More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in Virginia and the Carolinas, where up to 40 inches of rain could fall. When and where it will make landfall is unclear.
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"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the briefing said.
Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.
While it is extremely likely that the eastern Carolinas will be hardest hit by the storm Thursday into Friday (local time), the storm's direction becomes far less certain over the weekend and next week.
Florence is projecting hurricane-force winds outward up to 80 miles from its center; tropical-storm-force winds are swirling outward up to 195 miles away.
Airlines canceled about 1,200 flights and counting, and some airports in the Carolinas virtually shut down.
Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.
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Even though the storm's category fell from a 4 to a 2 Wednesday (local time), forecasters stressed the category is only an evaluation of the storm's peak winds in a very narrow core near the center of the storm.