NHC downgrades Florence to still unsafe Category 3 hurricane

"Everyone was sold out", she said.

It's all eyes on Hurricane Florence over the next several days. "Better safe than sorry".

Long lines formed at service stations, and some started running out of gas as far west as Raleigh, with bright yellow bags, signs or rags placed over the pumps to show they were out of order. Some store shelves were picked clean.

NOAA Hurricane Hunters have been flying constantly from Lakeland Linder International Airport, right into Hurricane Florence.

When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious. Eastern, Sept. 12, 2018, as illustrated by the National Hurricane Center.

We are in the Cape Fear region in North Carolina, where residents have been rushing to escape inland. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides.

Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

The hurricane will eventually stall over over the East Coast.

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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.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents ignored calls to evacuate.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit", he added. It's going to destroy infrastructure. The city said two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more were on the way.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina. The center said the waves were measured by satellite.

Florence's path remains uncertain.

"An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft that was in the hurricane until just after midnight" recorded a peak wind gust of around 150 miles per hour, according to the hurricane center. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.

"This one really scares me", Graham said.

At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies. President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been".

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