Even though the storm's category fell from a 4 to a 2 Wednesday (local time), forecasters stressed the category is only an evaluation of the storm's peak winds in a very narrow core near the center of the storm.
What also makes Florence extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.
Maximum water heights caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.
But with the game canceled, Colgate said it will provide those rooms and meals to those displaced by the storm. Virginia, in fact, has issued mandatory evacuations for coastal areas of the state. "They have a team where one will being there during the storm and they had me put on the team to come on after".
Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.
An American Red Cross aid worker walks through the cafeteria at Conway High School which is being used as a Hurricane Florence evacuation shelter at Conway High School on September 13, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina.
Much of Carolinas awash after Hurricane Florence moves in
After its initial impact, Byard said the most serious concern will be massive rainfalls that would produce risky inland flooding. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. "We'll handle it.
Cooper also wanted to remind folks to not drive on roads covered by water, and to stay away from doors and windows during the worst of the storm. Noting the heavy bands on the hurricane's northeast quadrant, he added, "We are on the bad side of this storm".
Gillikin says the North Carolina Coastal Reserve stands ready to respond with whatever resources they can to help any animal suffering after the storm.
Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line.
Associated Press story by Johanthan Drew. There is also the threat of life-threatening storm surge along the coastlines and rivers that feed out to the ocean from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks". After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria.
An isolated tornado is not out of the question, especially in North Carolina.
The hospital's president, Ronnie Sloan, said it is remaining open for "the same reason we got into health care".
"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.
Pentagon officials said about 7,000 service members, including 4,000 National Guard personnel, were positioned for the storm and thousands more were prepared to deploy if needed.
Memorial University Medical Center received nine patients from other HCA facilities in SC and eight from Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, Memorial spokesman Dale Hooks wrote in an email. North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light and Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.