"We're on the wrong side of this storm".
A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to Cape Charles Light, VA, for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, and for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.
President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way. "Please heed the warnings", Mr Brock said: "Your time is running out".
After hitting the North Carolina coast, the hurricane will cut down into SC before sweeping into western North Carolina and north from there. Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.
"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.
"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., wrote Tuesday, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".
Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's approach said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.
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Lytton was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he was treated for deep puncture wounds to his torso and leg. The fatal attack happened at around midday on Saturday, Setember 15th at Newcomb Hollow Beaching in Wellfleet.
The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.
The storm is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall to parts of the Carolinas with widespread flooding expected. "Today the threat becomes a reality".
In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center. He added later, "Most of the fatalities in these tropical systems is water".
Areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia experienced eight more inches of rainfall than usual during the month of August. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The shopping list for people who have chose to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine. The couple said they would have had to travel too far inland to find a hotel that would have accepted their animals as guests. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.
Like a bulldozer, the storm's winds and forward motion will push a tremendous amount of water onshore when it makes landfall.
Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that has since been downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a hotel in Wilmington several miles inland.
Jenni Koontz, a photographer who shot the clip, wrote on Instagram at 12 p.m. Sept 13 that "the guy in the front end loader told me there is a hole in the road somewhere between the pier and Hatteras so I turned around". "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".