With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement. "Everybody is trying to get out of the coast", she said.
Hurricane Florence has officially caught our attention due to a shift in the storm trajectory.
At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).
Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached.
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 imperiled Georgia, too. "While we can't attribute this hurricane exclusively to climate change, we do expect these types of intense hurricanes to happen more often as the world warms".
Forecast models predict Florence's center may slow to a crawl just off North Carolina early Friday and make a southwesterly turn - punishing the coast while moving perhaps only 2 to 3 miles per hour.
But the most risky threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland.
The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.
The governors of North and SC and Virginia urged evacuees to bring emergency kits to the shelters.
"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount of rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.
Watch Spectrum News LIVE on your desktop, laptop or mobile device for storm coverage. Even from a distance, Florence is expected to bring more sustained easterly winds to the region.
An American astronaut posted two additional photographs from the International Space Station, showing the storm aimed at Cape Hatteras, a thin and vulnerable strand of islands that jut out from North Carolina.
Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas.
"This morning I drove around for an hour looking for gas in Cary. We're going to stay tight and check on everybody", he said.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.
Rainfall will accumulate near 2 feet in North Carolina.
In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.
In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and USA 501 has been directed away from the coast.
The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm.
Most of Georgia is included in a cone of possible impact from the powerful storm, which has been downgraded to Category 3 but that is expected to cause significant damage as it moves off the Atlantic Ocean.
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