Watch a livestream of Hurricane Florence bearing down on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence is expected to grow in intensity

According to CNN, Florence's center will approach the coasts of North and SC late Thursday and Friday, with the actual landfall expected to come on Friday afternoon. "We certainly hope that this storm doesn't do the damage that maybe it's anticipating right now". NASA via AP 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.

Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

The hurricane center is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 80 miles per hour before landfall, but with rainfall in the 20 to 30 inches range and up to 13 feet of storm surge.

By midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington.

North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

The result: catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

Although the suggestive graphic was presumably an accident, it is somehow a fitting representation for a storm that has already been described as "tremendously big and tremendously wet" in a White House briefing from Donald Trump this Tuesday.

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The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

"Don't relax, don't get complacent". Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. Today the threat becomes a reality, " he said.

Hurricane Florence has decreased in speed and is now a Category 2 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center announced shortly before midnight Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said about 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people". However, most scientists are in agreement that rising global temperatures had an impact on the severity of storms like Harvey, Maria, and Irma.

Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain sets up as the storm meanders inland is more uncertain, but models suggest that it may concentrate in southern North Carolina and northern SC through the weekend.

For many of those under evacuation orders, getting out of harm's way has proved difficult, as airlines canceled flights and motorists had a hard time finding gas.

The hurricane is exposing other chinks in the supply chain, as many retailers big and small are running low on storm-prep essentials, from batteries, generators and plywood to bread and bottled water. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds stronger than 80 miles per hour.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food". The storm was 500 miles wide at the time, with its outer bands stretching over the equivalent of a full third of the U.S. East Coast.

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