How to watch Florence LIVE stream as FIERCE storm arrives

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The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday.

Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered due to its ferocity. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

Many of them were staging at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons. Further inland, rain totals could reach 30 cm in the Carolinas, and up to 24 cm in the rest of the Carolinas and in southwestern Virginia.

"But we can't replace us so we made a decision to come here".

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said. "So since we can't find anything within our means. we've opted to stay".

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"I'm not going to lie: I'm scared", she said.

Browning said she had started a GoFundMe campaign in case repairs are needed for the family home.

More than 10 feet of storm surge is expected to hit some areas in North Carolina and SC, triggered by Florence.

"Inland flooding kills a lot of people".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up a website to quash rumours that animals and pets are allowed at emergency shelters.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks".

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Early on Friday, the downtown area of the city of New Bern, on the Trent and Neuse rivers near the North Carolina coast, was underwater as emergency crews conducted several rescues, according to reports on social media.

Hurricane Florence strengthened a bit, but then tapped on the brakes as it approached the North Carolina coast Thursday evening.

By 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Governor and other officials delivered their final briefing before the eye of the storm was set to strike.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said. A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia - as well as the USA capital Washington. Mostly people are getting better at evacuating, with three-quarters of the Florida Keys fleeing before Irma, Masters said.

As has been the case with hurricanes in most recent years, such as Lane in Hawaii earlier this summer and Harvey last year in Texas, feet of rain can fall when these tropical storms stall. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Ireland and Great Britain.

At time of writing, Hurricane Florence is inching towards the coastline, and the combination of intense rainfall and gnarly swell threaten to engulf low-lying land in the region.

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