"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said.
Trump has urged those in the path of Hurricane Florence to act now to 'get out of its way'. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.
And preparations for this hurricane remind her of Floyd almost 20 years ago, which was the first time she "saw it rain sideways".
Waves measuring 83ft (25m) tall were recorded at sea on Wednesday morning.
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"The power will be off for weeks", Long said. The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome.
The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 meters) of water in spots, projections showed. There are now fewer tourists to send away.
When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious. So, the winds will be winding down much quicker near the coast before those winds get up here. St. Helena Island near the South Carolina-Georgia line is used to riding out big storms - from one that killed an estimated 2,000 people in 1893 to Tropical Storm Irma a year ago.
"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said. These could be as high as 13ft (4m) along parts of the North Carolina coast.
Below is a list of services being offered in Florida to evacuees, as well as information for those fleeing Florence.
Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast. The axis of heaviest rain may shift further south or west, but the extreme rainfall is going to happen. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.
Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations. But with models now suggesting it will instead hover off the Carolinas starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore on Saturday, that could mean severe impacts for a longer stretch of coastline, and for a longer period of time, than previously thought.