Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC

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Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit the Carolinas later this week. More are on the way to help us. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together".

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

Florence was one of two major storms on Friday.

DeWine's campaign spokesman Josh Eck says the campaign wasn't targeting potential hurricane viewership.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimetres) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimetres).

Does it matter that Florence is moving slowly?

Emergency workers monitor hurricane progress and prepare for the landing at the Emergency operations center a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Besides threatening destruction to the Carolinas, Florence also poses political risk to Trump, who sought to encourage the nation in a series of tweets and statements while shifting blame to local officials.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation? Currently, the storm remains a risky category four hurricane.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says residents should shelter in place and stay off the roads as Hurricane Florence starts to come ashore in the Carolinas and its effects make their way north.

By 1:50 pm (1750 GMT) the winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and the center was moving west at a 6 miles per hour (10 kph), the NHC said, and parts of North and SC would get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter). Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.

Flood waters surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on Friday.

Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, rubbish bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

150 people remain trapped in New Bern, and FEMA rescuers are trying to reach them.

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", the city's Twitter page said late Thursday. "You may need to move up to the second storey, or to your attic, but we are coming to get you". "I've got four cats inside the house".

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

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