The monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to one meter.
Yesterday, the European Space Agency released a short video of astronauts aboard the space station watching the storm out of the cupola armed with powerful cameras to capture its giant knot of storm clouds.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the storm was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days".
Officials are warning that Florence could start to bring flooding inland over the next few days with catastrophic floods in some districts. One of the hardest hit areas so far is New Bern, North Carolina, where about 100 people are waiting to be rescued after more than 10 feet of powerful storm surge flooded the small city. Officials said flood waters from other areas are accumulating north of the county and filling the river basins beyond their capacities. A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her auto struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.
Despite its weakened status to a tropical storm, Florence has deluged parts of the North Carolina coastline with torrential and historic amounts of rain. "Don't drive across standing or moving water", the governor said, urging people to heed evacuation orders. He added, with reference to the storm's glacial 2mph progress: "We know we're in for a long haul here". Officials in New Bern Friday morning reported storm surge as high as 10 feet. Along coastal communities, people trapped in homes by relentless flood waters awaited rescue, and tens of thousands hunkered down in shelters after fleeing their homes as the storm approached.
Kim Adams makes her way to her home that is surrounded by flood waters after Florence passed through the area on September 15, 2018 in Southport, North Carolina.
Five people, including a mother and her baby, have been killed by Florence, which was initially categorised as a hurricane with 120mph winds.
About 809,000 of those customers are North Carolina, and about 155,000 are in SC. Gigi Charlebois, owner of the Edenton Coffee House on the northern shore of North Carolina's Albemarle Sound, chose to stay with her family overnight in the shop's dining room, sleeping on couches, pull-out cots and a mattress. As of Saturday morning, a large swath of the Carolinas were still seeing up to 2 inches of rainfall every hour, and relief might not come for days.
The National Hurricane Center says the eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.
She said the shop, with an electric generator, was safer than their nearby home. Wind gusts of 105 miles per hour - the highest recorded since 1958 - were reported in Wilmington Friday morning. That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow county, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead.
The rest of SC and North Carolina into southwestern Virginia will experience 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals up to 15 inches. The storm caused chaos in the region, with trees strewn across roads, buildings battered and power cut to nearly 700,000 homes.
While damages weren't as bad as anticipated in the early afternoon, the Emergency Operations Center said conditions could worsen. Florence's rain will be relentless, with up to 40 inches expected in some parts of the Carolina coasts, forecasters said.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. The city where Pepsi was invented in a drugstore was still experiencing winds in the 70 miles per hour range on Friday afternoon.
In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas. Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
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High winds are expected to pick up through central North Carolina today, he said, putting trees, homes and power lines at risk. Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.
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Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.