Hurricane Florence: Storm force winds for North Carolina within hours

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Florence is also expected to lose speed and "hover" once it reaches the coast, which will intensify the impacts of its heavy rainfall and storm surges, Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), said in a Facebook Live update earlier today.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Wednesday at 115 miles per hour (185 km per hour), down from a peak of 140 mph a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength.

The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added.

The new track prompted Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties on Tuesday afternoon.

'I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm'.

Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington states have all already declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said. "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

William Manley, a spokesman for the Florida National Guard, said the National Guard will not deploy units to assist with natural disasters unless the affected states - the Carolinas in this case - request help. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the United States, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch.

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