Hurricane Florence is no Hugo. It looks worse

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The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore.

Communities could lose electricity for weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

Florence is now been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in the US, Thursday as an "extremely dangerous" hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially "historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds". Up to 15-25 inches is expected in many areas where Hurricane Florence hits.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less unsafe, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.

Hurricane Florence's projected track shifted somewhat south and west on Wednesday, with National Hurricane Center forecasters predicting that it could throw Georgia into peril as the storm moves inland.

Florence's winds in the afternoon were down slightly to 125 miles per hour (205 kph), from a high of 140 miles per hour, and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3.

Though Florence won't be making landfall until Friday, tropical-storm-force winds - 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 km/h) - will begin whipping through coastal regions as early as tomorrow, making it exceptionally unsafe to be outside, Graham said.

Savage, soaking Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast

Boards are set up outside a grocery store before Hurricane Florence makes landfall. That could punish a longer stretch of coastline, and for a longer period of time, than previously thought.

With the change in the forecast, Georgia Gov.

A tropical storm watch was issued for north of the North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update. Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well.

Half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and numerous hog farms are on the storm's path.

Austen Kroll: He traveled north and inland to Charlotte, North Carolina, to his family home.

"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen", he warned residents.

Sharp doesn't like to compare hurricanes because each one is different, but he did note that Florence is a stronger storm than Matthew, which hit the state in 2016. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said.

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