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A storm front passes homes in North Topsail Beach N.C. prior to Hurricane Florence moving toward the east coast on Wednesday Sept. 12 2018 Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure
Guillermo Jimenez | 14 September, 2018, 10:59

In its 0300 GMT advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the maximum sustained winds of Florence were 90 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour), dropping it to the weakest of 5 categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks". As if the storm itself is not risky enough, it is expected to spawn tornadoes in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.

But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast for days - will bring life-threatening storm surge and torrential rains.

Even though the one-time Category 4 tempest has been downgraded to a Category 2, it's still packing lethal 100-mph winds and the potential for 13-foot storm surges and 40 inches of rain, officials warned. "That's the second story of a house", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

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Air Force General Terrence J. Although the storm has weakened to a Category 2, it's still expected to bring some bad weather to the area this weekend.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director.

The declaration puts state resources, including the Maryland National Guard, on standby and allows it to coordinate efforts with nearby states, if more help is needed.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia - as well as the U.S. capital Washington. Residents are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and communities with financial struggles are slow to rebuild after a major disaster. By leaving his executive order declaring a statewide emergency in place, the state will be ready, if necessary, Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said.

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Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell said she was concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.

"It's going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground. "Because it's Mother Nature".

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. That is enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times. Along the coast, fewer homes have flood insurance than five years ago.

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"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".

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