The ban is the result of an executive order signed by city manager John Pedersen and issued pursuant to the city's State of Emergency that was declared september 9.
Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall. Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.
Wind speeds of risky Hurricane Florence decreased slightly Wednesday afternoon to 120 miles per hour according to the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. The majority of the storm surge and rainfall issues are expected to remain for southeast North Carolina down into Charleston.
Lauren Hancock, a resident of Wrightsville Beach in the state's evacuation zone, said: "I'm looking across the street at a gas station, and it's a madhouse".
On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlanta Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas today, and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC on Thursday or Friday, and move slowly near the coastline through Saturday.
Rob Gronkowskis motivated by Jalen Ramseys insults
I love literally everything about the game, so I have no regrets. Registering my involuntary blinking, he course-corrects. It's a big game this Sunday", Gronkowski said.
Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. "This will allow us to take care of our community and also be prepared should the need arise to assist others", Walker said. In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas.
Hurricane Isaac is now moving through the western tropical Atlantic Ocean but will likely bring heavy rain and damaging winds to parts of the Lesser Antilles later this week.
"A state of emergency has been declared for all 159 counties in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Florence impacts".
"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence", said Deal on the state government's website.
Coastal residents along the Carolinas encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared its coast with winds and drenching rain that could last for days.
Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached.