Florence's winds have dropped from a peak of 140mph to 105mph, reducing the hurricane from a Category 4 to a Category 2. CNN showed the scene, a small brick house. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!"
After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding.
Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida a year ago, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks.
Florence is now a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week.
As of 11 p.m. EST, the storm was centered 280 miles east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.More news: Arrowverse Crossover: Grimm's Elizabeth Bitsie Tulloch Cast as Lois Lane
NASA/Handout via REUTERS " Pray for Wilmington" is seen on boarded up windows ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.
Large surf at Atlantic Beach, NC as Hurricane Florence nears.
He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.
"If you're uncomfortable, if you had damage during Irma or Matthew, you may want to consider leaving", Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said.
"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".More news: Ariana Grande Remembers Mac Miller with Heartfelt Tribute
Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.
"It's insane", he said in a phone interview. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, rubbish bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.
With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH tourists Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.
Later in the period, the dynamical model spread increases but most of the guidance has continued its southward shift, and now take Florence southwestward near the coast of SC by day 4. Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.
More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered. Most other beachgoers were long gone.More news: 150 people awaiting rescue in New Bern, NC