The long big slosh has begun.
It has become likely that the storm will reverse course early next week and turn back north toward West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, albeit significantly weakened. Meanwhile inland regions of the Palmetto State, North Carolina and Virginia are expected to see 6-12 inches of rain, with up to two feet falling in isolated areas. Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning. Don't get complacent. Stay on guard.
The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.
Allison James, who lives at Huntersville, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, says based on reports this area would not be directly affected.
"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated.
"Your time is running out", he said.
Florence has it all: Hot ocean temperatures that fuel hurricanes.
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At a news conference just across the bridge in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said a handful of residents on the island have refused evacuation orders.
Meteorologists warn the storm may be one of the worst to hit the region in decades and could potentially be the worst to hit ever.
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts.
Hurricane Florence continues to drop category, but not risky, while hundreds of thousands of people try to get away from the coasts of the two Carolinas and Virginia.
"I was down at the Outer Banks over the weekend with my family", he said.
"As the rain pours down during the storm, inland evacuations may become necessary and the time for completing such tasks will come to an end as travel becomes increasing hard and unsafe", Sosnowski said.
The storm's centre is expected to make landfall Friday (local time) in southeast North Carolina, which will coincide with the most severe effects. It is still a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour.
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The eye of Florence continues to churn about 180 miles from the North Carolina coast Thursday morning.
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
Despite all the warnings from numerous authorities, some residents say are planning to ride out the storm.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Those heading to Charleston were told to find another destination. Gale force winds of up to 40 miles per hour are still possible, Horne says.
And while the 2,000-plus cancellations from Florence is significant, it's far below what fliers have faced in other major storms.
"That's true for those along the Carolina coast and even inland".
NOAA's advisory also states that the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence closely.
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