Around the same time Florence makes landfall, the steering winds pushing it forward will die down. A Category 2 storm means winds of 96-110 miles per hour; a Category 3 storm means 111-129 miles per hour. "Once the storm moves further inland to Atlanta and Charlotte, the biggest issue will be rain and thunderstorms", she said.
The video was captured today (Sept. 13) at 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT) by high-definition cameras attached to the outside of the station.
Florence's hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles.
The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.
None of the people rescued were injured. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated.
Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected.
The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Hurricane-force winds are expected to spread to parts of the coast Friday.
Some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges as high as 10ft (3m) in places.
On the James River, waves are expected to be about 1 foot though Sunday.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does.
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"We immediately gave up our hotel rooms so that more rooms are now available to those coming inland".
Prisoners were affected, too.
With a diameter of more than 600 miles, Florence is now bigger than both Carolinas and will have widespread impacts from heavy rain across two states. More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.
In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.
Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.
Nevertheless, torrential rain will be moving ashore Thursday, continuing into Friday, and dumping one or perhaps even two feet of rain in some areas.
The forecast suggests as much as 40in of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the centre of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains.
The area covered by Florence's hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater.
Trump is keen to show his team are better prepared than during Hurricane Maria, which killed almost 3,000 people last September.
Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm.
"I have video games, board games, movies, if we still have power", he tells McCammon. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth. "We can not underestimate this storm". We chose to hunker down. "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically".