Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds, churned ever closer to the US East Coast on Wednesday as evacuations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods.
The federal government is warning Canadians to avoid all travel to a stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by hurricane Florence.
After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.
While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperilled Georgia, too.
Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast. "We just need to figure out how to make it through". Amazon is already preparing to do what it can for those in the storm's path. There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks.
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"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.
Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.
One wrote: 'I hope everyone in the path of Florence's massive penis stays safe'.
Its governor, Roy Cooper, told residents "the time to prepare was nearly over".
"If you aren't under evacuation orders, now's the time to finish preparations and get ready to hunker down", Cooper said. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".
On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.
In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. The game, like many others this weekend, was canceled due to the impending impact of Hurricane Florence.