Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.
As of 5 a.m. EDT (0900g) it was centered about 205 miles (325 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 250 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).
The game was supposed to take place at Furman, which is located in Greenville, S.C. According to the trajectory of Florence, Greenville is expected to get heavy rain and wind starting Friday and well into the weekend.
How big is Hurricane Florence?. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)".
The biggest surge should occur just to the north of where the eye of the storm comes ashore, which the Hurricane Center projects in southeastern North Carolina.
In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.
Florence, significantly weakened, will move inland before swinging upward to dump rain on the Appalachians and Northeast. Showers and storms will increase in activity as the day progresses.
SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.
Some areas also saw the first of the hurricane-force winds.
Coastal North Carolina felt the first bite of Hurricane Florence on Thursday as winds began to rise, a prelude to the slow-moving tempest that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the US southeast. Looking a little better on Sunday as high pressure builds in and pushes Florence over inland NC/SC. Don't plan to leave once the winds and rain start.
Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...
Nags Head: 40-50 G60+.
In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water.
The hurricane, whose strength has been compared to a direct hit by Mike Tyson, advances with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometres per hour. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today. Now, there are signs that Hurricane Florence could deliver a similar blow to the East Coast beginning on Thursday, making it even more important to evacuate before the storm arrives. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday.