Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward US coast: NHC

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Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches

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In the 5 a.m. ET advisory, Florence was 205 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 15 mph.

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. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".

Ricardo Olivares, of Wilmington, North Carolina, covers windows at the Mellow Mushroom in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 11, 2018. The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

Authorities in New Bern said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NWS report said. "My wife's in a panic right now".

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By hovering over the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is being nourished.

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 200kmh winds on Thursday, but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

The USA's National Hurricane Center has said the enormous Hurricane Florence is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. The town was under evacuation orders, but 150 people were trapped there by the storm as of Friday morning.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.

Florence, for her part, shares similarities with Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Houston on August 25 of 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped record-setting amounts of rain.

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Governor of southeastern USA state Georgia, Nathan Deal, also declared on Wednesday a state of emergency for the state's all 159 counties after the National Hurricane Center said the storm will turn southwards after reaching North Carolina late Thursday and early Friday. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

Laurie Kopstad, Visit Jacksonville research, reporting and analytics manager, said she has heard from hoteliers seeing increases in reservations, especially from SC.

Late Wednesday, the storm had weakened slightly to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph) as it approaches the North and SC coasts.

By early Saturday morning, Florence is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm, and by early Sunday, it will be a tropical depression.

"We will rapidly assess any impact to a nuclear power plant post storm, ' FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard told reporters during a briefing Wednesday".

The numbers are expected to soar as the storm's winds and torrential rains sweep over more land.

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