Florence is about 60 miles (95 km) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
Along North Carolina's Pamlico River, the area is bracing for storm surge of up to 13 feet, and all low-lying and flood-prone areas are under mandatory evacuation orders. The huge storm weakened to a Category 2 hurricane overnight, but forecasters warned that it still packed a unsafe punch, 110 mile-an-hour (175 kph) winds and torrential rains. A few hearty locals gathered at Cape Fear Wine and Beer pub in downtown Wilmington.
Federal emergency management officials warned that Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. Some roads were already impassable in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Tropical Storm Florence trudged inland on Saturday, flooding rivers and towns, toppling trees and cutting power to almost a million homes and businesses as it dumped huge amounts of rain on North and SC, where five people have died.
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The forecasters say the slow speed will give Florence time to pound the Carolinas with bands of heavy rain.
"There is going to be a lot of rain. Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said.
Emergency Management services in North Carolina are reporting that 497,255 customers are without power in North Carolina as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.
In Shallotte, N.C., a coastal town near the border with SC, emergency orders forced a Waffle House to shut down - an act that was widely seen as a sign of respect for Florence's imposing size and strength. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.
Mayor Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN traffic out of the SC city has more than quadrupled as residents and visitors evacuate.
Both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters for people caught out by the storm. Georgia, where governor Nathan Deal has now declared an emergency, is also thought to be in the firing line.
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He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.
As has been the case with hurricanes in most recent years, such as Lane in Hawaii earlier this summer and Harvey last year in Texas, feet of rain can fall when these tropical storms stall. "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.
Rain could persist in the area through Tuesday afternoon. Montgomery said calling the number a couple of times will not make a difference.
Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.
Download the free AccuWeather app to stay up-to-date with Florence's expected track and impacts to the U.S.
Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.
By 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Governor and other officials delivered their final briefing before the eye of the storm was set to strike.
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CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with. At 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles southeast of Wilmington , North Carolina, moving at 16 mph.
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It will likely take until Monday, however, before the threat of significant heavy rain is over, and it will still rain at times. Meanwhile, many were experiencing a complete blackout as the storm damaged infrastructure, utility poles and transmission lines.
Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.
As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC , the National Hurricane Center said . North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.
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Rain intensity will pick up, as will wind speed and the storm surge is expected to reach up to 13 feet in some areas. State Department of Transportation Sec. "Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
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