Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the USA coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.
The Hurricane Center reported heavy rain bands with tropical-storm-force winds had arrived in the North Carolina Outer Banks. This satellite image show the sun rising on the storm Thursday morning.
"AccuWeather estimates that Hurricane Florence will cause $30 (billion) to $60 billion in economic impact and damage".
The main concerns for us from Florence will be moderately heavy rainfall, which will cause flooded roadways, strong gusty winds, coastal flooding, moderate potential for downed trees and widespread power outages, and risky travel conditions. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.
"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In the tiny community of Sea Breeze near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptized because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" later. Category 4 is 130 to 156 miles per hour. He claimed the numbers were inflated by Democrats that were "trying to make [him] look bad".
Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country. He also urged those outside of the evacuation zones to be prepared. Then it is likely to hover along the coast on Saturday, pushing up to 13ft of storm surge.
Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a risky Category 1 storm Friday, but millions have still been affected. The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome. An isolated tornado is not out of the question, especially in North Carolina. There are now fewer tourists to send away.
Carolina Beach lies on a narrow strip of land in the southern part of North Carolina.
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.
What would you take if a major hurricane was threatening to inundate or pull apart your home? Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, rubbish bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".
Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.
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.