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As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Category 4 storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and moving northwest at about 16 mph.
"But it's possible the eye of Hurricane Florence will take a slight right turn to the south on Friday as it makes its way over eastern North Carolina, which could send a lot more rain to the Charleston area, according to Neil Dixon of the National Weather Service in Charleston".
Outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence have begun lashing North Carolina as the monster storm moves nearer to the coast.
Officials in at least one area that ordered an evacuation will be going to homes to ask people planning to ride it out for information on their next of kin, CNN reported Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed ports in Wilmington and Morehead City in North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia, to inbound vessels greater than 500 tons and was requiring vessels of that size to leave if they did not have permission to be in the ports.
The storm looked likely to make landfall on the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.
As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. "He lives in North Carolina".
"So Florence is kind of spreading out, becoming a much larger, more stable hurricane".
Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.
With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.
By late afternoon, the centre of the storm was about 25 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".
On Wednesday morning, Florence was extending hurricane-force winds outward up to 70 miles from its center, with tropical-storm-force winds up to 175 miles outward.
To back up that point, Graham cited a sobering statistic: "50 percent of the fatalities in these tropical systems is the storm surge - and that's not just along the coast".
Authorities, including President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are urging residents in the Carolinas as well as parts of Virginia and Georgia to evacuate as the storm continues its path.
"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.
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In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken. That deluge will lead to " catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged, significant river flooding", according to the NHC.
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In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line. "This is low tide, and it looks like high tide", she said. Before, the National Hurricane Center feared that Florence would make landfall as a Category 4 storm. "Stay on guard.
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