More than 400k evacuate SC as Florence approaches

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption People have left homes and taken precautions ahead of the hurricane

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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.

Power outages in North Carolina have increased as a weakened and slower Hurricane Florence moves closer to the coast.

Being such a small number, first responders have made clear to them the situation when the storm makes its expected complete landfall by 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Flooding from both the storm surge and rainfall could be "catastrophic", the National Hurricane Center warned.

"Go ahead and go - even those who are season-veterans that weathered other storms in the past", Knight said.

"This is a very unsafe storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground. "And by that I mean the teams and families but also the allotment of resources used for the game that could be better used somewhere else". Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

"I'm not anxious at all", said Richard Ford, 34, smoking a cigarette outside one of Wilmington's five shelters.

Since many Berks County residents have visited the Outer Banks area of North Carolina, below are some live camera feeds of Hurricane Florence arriving.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

If you do not have to be out during or after the storm, stay inside, he said.

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Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said that there were so many fires at a particular time that you could not even see the sky. Some 400 people spent the night in shelters, and school was canceled Friday as families waited to return to their homes.

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A city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been plucked to safety. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, 'The time to prepare is nearly over.

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A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore. Noting the heavy bands on the hurricane's northeast quadrant, he added, "We are on the bad side of this storm".

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

More than 10 million people are under watches and warnings, the Associated Press reported. Residents are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and communities with financial struggles are slow to rebuild after a major disaster.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

"We have lots of water, we've got lots of food, lots of canned food, non-perishable food", she said. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language. "And since we have three dogs and three parrots, they're requesting us to purchase two to six rooms".

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Why is he open when the town is mostly evacuated?

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

More than 6,700 people spent Wednesday night in 127 Red Cross and community shelters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, Red Cross spokeswoman Stephanie Rendon said.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

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