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WILMINGTON, NC – Florence's outer band slipped on North Carolina on Friday, shooting sea water through streets and cutting power to nearly 200,000 when the storm closed with
#Florence remain a dangerous hurricane only tens of miles outside the NC coast, "National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina, tweeted. " The worst consequences will continue overnight. "
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From 4:00 ET, Florence had a maximum lasting wind of 90 mph. In short, a Category 4 storm was weakened to a category 2 late Wednesday and released again to a Category 1 storm from 11 AM ET Thursday.
The storm, as the National Hurricane Center said, moved northwards at 5 mph, posing many other threats from water.
The Office warned that "life threatening storm and hurricane power" were expected – and officials urged anyone in areas under evacuation orders to come out as fast as they could.
"Please do not let your guard," said Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long at a press conference on Thursday morning. "The storm beam forecast with this storm has not changed."
Landfall is expected early Friday in coastal North Carolina, but rain is expected to last for the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center warned that it was expected "catastrophic freshwater floods" across parts of North and South Carolina. "
" Heavy rain and high winds are likely to spread across North Carolina and linger for days, "said Roy Cooper at a press conference. "When Florence moves inwards, we will see more rain and more floods from our rivers. And keep in mind that the rivers continue to rise even after the rain ends. "
Long, the FEMA administrator warned that state infrastructure" will break "and adds:" The power will go out. It can go out for a number of days, it can last for weeks. It's very hard to say right now. "
Despite the great predictions, there were some holdouts.
In New Bern, NC, about 150 people were waiting for rescue, according to the city's Twitter account. At 2 AM ET, two out-of-state FEMA teams were already there and more were on the way.
Here, in Wilmington, a harbor town that usually matches tourists, those who rode out the storm raised pets and made last minute trips for food, ice, water and gas.
On Thursday morning, Darius Pearce, 27, drove from his house in nearby Castle Hayne for to fill a cooler on a roadside ice machine. Almost everyone in his family fled Hemi from a few days ago, but he stayed back with his mother, nurse at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, called by the storm.
"I do not want to leave her here, Sade Pearce.
But he did not panic. Shrugging said," I think when it's time to go, it's time to go. "
At the same time, Julio Martinez, 28, in Wilmington's northern district, on the steps of a apartment building. He had enough water and food to stay for a few days, thinking it would be enough. He had seen neighbors and friends leave, but he said he did not had somewhere to go.
"Everyone evacuates and freaks out, and I say to them," I'll see you when you come back "Martinez said.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo asked them in the shelters to stay until the storm passed.
"The last thing we need is people to be sightseeing, drive around the city," he told MSNBC.
In total, over 10 million people face dangerous or life-threatening conditions from Florence, officials said. And about 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been told to evacuate.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster – who started a press conference on Thursday afternoon with a prayer – said that more than 421,000 people had been evacuated in his state. He urged them in evacuation zones to "leave now, as time is out."
In addition to floods, South Carolina officials said that residents should expect landslides in certain areas.
The mayor of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Brenda Bethune, said when the immediate security problems from the storm were over, she expected a profound economic impact on her city, which is heavily dependent on tourism.
"I think it will be huge, unfortunately," she told MSNBC. "So it's crucial that we quickly rebuild this society, rebuilt better than ever, so people can come back and visit us."
When Florence closed on Thursday, all eyes were on the storms. Two potentially catastrophic storms are expected: one before midnight Thursday and another dinner on Friday.
Hurricane and Storm Radiation Warnings were in force for South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. A hurricane guard was in force for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the South Santee River, South Carolina, and a stormwatch was in force for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the South Santee River and north of Duck, North Carolina, to North Carolina Virginia limit.
The biggest area was concern for Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, which could see the 9 to 13-foot major steps.
On Thursday afternoon, Gov Cooper said there were more than 100 protection across the state, with more than 12,000 people in them. Cooper said he expected more shelters to open. In South Carolina, more than 1,800 people were in shelter, the State Council said on Wednesday.
State and federal authorities said they were prepared for the worst. Cooper said he had been in contact with President Donald Trump and said that the president had offered "what we needed" to get through the storm.
Avg. Gregory Lusk, the adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, said that 6 400 guardsmen were on active duty between North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
"We are in constant contact and coordination with each other," said Lusk, "because in an event like this, state borders do not matter when American lives are at risk."
Jon Schuppe reported from Wilmington, North Carolina. Elizabeth Chuck reported from New York. Daniel Arkin reported from Los Angeles.