The latest update from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has the storm's maximum sustained winds hitting about 145 km/h - down from 175 km/h on Wednesday, and from 220 km/h earlier in the week.
A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast. Except - and we don't mean to jinx it - but the storm *is* heading further south from here and the wind did die down a bit so who is to say it didn't work entirely?
That scenario has a high probability of occurring in much of North Carolina, a large portion of SC and parts of northern Georgia.
After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.
Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, United States.
Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities, though most of the city was without power and thousands of buildings had been damaged, said Roberts on Friday.
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It was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear.
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Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water.
Officials have warned the storm has the potential to kill "a lot of people" amid risks of "catastrophic" flooding.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".
"And from that point, we started hearing where people were saying on phone calls, 'I love you, ' to their family members because they were not sure they were going to get out of it alive", she said Friday. "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said Thursday.
North Carolina had 108 shelters open, and SC reported having 56 shelters open on Thursday morning, as the storm loomed toward the coast. The rainfall will cause prolonged significant river flooding.
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Other residents have told CNN they're not evacuating because emergency shelters won't accept pets.
About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.
After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.
Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of the nation's capital, has declared a state of emergency.
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Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible.
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The state's officials say more than 400,000 people have evacuated the coast and more than 4000 people have taken refuge in shelters as the storm approaches.