Images captured by Associated Press journalists show the angst of evacuation and solitary beachgoers finding moments of calm before the storm.
Trump has urged those in the path of Hurricane Florence to act now to 'get out of its way'. Livestock have already been moved to higher ground, but river flooding could create contamination issues with hog waste lagoons, even though water levels in them have been lowered. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.
We'll keep you updated on this system in the coming days.
And preparations for this hurricane remind her of Floyd almost 20 years ago, which was the first time she "saw it rain sideways".
Hurricane Florence has changed course, according to the latest weather models.
Waves measuring 83ft (25m) tall were recorded at sea on Wednesday morning. With the storm continuing to track farther south, the Triangle can expect to see about 3 to 6 inches of rain.
But what makes Florence so different from other storms this year?
The prison, home to nearly 1,000 prisoners and up to 119 staff, was ordered to stay put even during an initial mandatory evacuation for surrounding Jasper County.
"Rail cars with vehicles destined for export from Charleston have been diverted to secure holding areas until the storm passes", BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks said.
Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the U.S., said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas. The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome.
Before Hurricane Florence hits, officials warn of catastrophic floods and tell residents to leave
More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.
LATER NEXT WEEK: The remnants of Hurricane Florence could bring some heavy rain to the D.C. region by next week. Florence is now a strong Category 2 storm.
Elder relatives carry as much weight as meteorologists in a tight-knit community of slave descendants on the SC coast.
At least 800 flights have been cancelled or grounded due to the storm's expected landfall, CNN reported.
"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.
When put in a position of danger, a lot of people are still finding comfort in just laughing it off.
TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, where people are preparing for the worst.
Eight dogs and 18 cats from a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, were sent to two shelters in Washington to make room for pets expected to be displaced by the hurricane.
Marshall: You mentioned some hefty winds here in the Charlotte area.
Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.
Nevertheless, torrential rain will be moving ashore Thursday, continuing into Friday, and dumping one or perhaps even two feet of rain in some areas.
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