But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas as it approaches the coast Thursday and Friday.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in the state. Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall is expected across portions of North and SC.
CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports that people living in the barrier island community of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, are bracing for a possible direct impact.
"Plan to be without power for days", Cooper said.
"Don't play games with it", the president told residents ahead of the storm.
Crews board up the Oceanic restaurant in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
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Officials have warned the storm has the potential to kill "a lot of people" amid risks of "catastrophic" flooding. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
By late Thursday into Friday, steering patterns in the atmosphere may completely break down causing the storm to stall just off the coast of southeast North Carolina and northeast SC. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".
A Hurricane Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into SC, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Salvo, NC to North Carolina/Virginia Border: 2-4′.
Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.
The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path.
"There's 25% more people living between Charleston (South Carolina) and Morehead City (North Carolina) than there were when Hugo was making landfall", Myers said. "So Florence is kind of spreading out, becoming a much larger, more stable hurricane".
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A NHS forecaster said: "This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast".
"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. That's because the longer this slow-moving hurricane hovers over land, the more rain it'll dump in the same places.
"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.
Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect... "Also, a little creepy".
And if that isn't enough, Subtropical Storm Joyce formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, but it's not expected to hit the U.S. The system is expected to drift to the southwest in the coming days.
Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.
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