The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.
After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.
The effects of Hurricane Florence can already be felt along the coast of North Carolina as of 12 p.m. on September 13.
This should keep the heaviest rain and strongest winds to our north. By midnight, Amy Johnson in Belhaven, North Carolina, on the Pungo River posted a video of raging floodwaters that had inundated the first floor of her home. Florence is expected to arrive in southeast North Carolina on Friday morning before drifting south into SC.
Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week.
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The center said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days.
Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.
It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.
That deluge will lead to "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged, significant river flooding", according to the NHC.
A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.
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Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. But, knowing the intensity of Florence's impact on Myrtle Beach, "My friends are worrying me right now", Combs said.
Pat McElraft, said the scientists "used one model, the most extreme in the world", adding that "they need to use some science that we can all trust when we start making laws in North Carolina that affect property values on the coast". Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks.
In April, The State newspaper in Columbia reported that an Army investigation had faulted Fort Jackson officials' handling of a 2015 storm that caused an 80-year-old earthen dam to crumble and release 100 million gallons of water. Although the storm has weakened to a Category 2, it's still expected to bring some bad weather to the area this weekend. An additional 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.
The Pentagon has dispatched two ships and a Marine unit offshore to provide help if needed.
Hurricane Florence will be one of the biggest storms to make landfall along the United States eastern seaboard in decades.
Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.
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People look out over the surf before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington between 8 a.m. and noon.
"We have a mental health person, we have social workers, we have in some cases, we have law enforcement in the building", said volunteer John Edwards, who was volunteering at the American Red Cross shelter in Greensboro Thursday.