The storm will make landfall at the Carolinas Friday. He said all roads leading to his neighborhood were blocked by fallen trees.
It was the second such drop in the space of hours, but the Miami-based NHC stressed it remained "a life-threatening situation" due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas. It's about 90 miles northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. September 14.
Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers about the evacuation before walking off-screen.
Just after midnight, the station tweeted that everyone had safely evacuated.
Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas.
Though Florence has weakened slightly, it's still a very risky storm, and a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected.
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Rainfall also is swelling waterways: Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that 34 million people in the US are forecast to get at least 3 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence, with more than 5.7 million people probably getting at least a foot of rain. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.
Farmers have drawn down the levels of hog lagoons to cope with the heavy rainfall, but Troxler admits they don't know what effect river flooding could have.
Downtown New Bern, on the Neuse River also is flooded.
"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. By Monday the storm, eroding toward becoming an extratropical low, will move north across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee as it moves up the Appalachian Mountains - potentially dumping even more rain in the Ohio River watershed, where rivers are already high from moisture carried north by the remains of tropical storm Gordon.
In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. Maximum sustained winds remain near 90 miles per hour (150 kph) with higher gusts.
"We have crews sheltered in place at this time, waiting for the storm's passage", said Capt. Bion Stewart, the Coast Guard incident commander for Hurricane Florence. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. We know it has forced the cancellation of almost 1,800 flights, with more to come, and that it has already caused serious flooding in coastal areas. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.
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Trump says his administration has been in "close contact" with the state and local governments soon to be impacted by the massive storm.
This is according to data from poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA's electrical power grid.
With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.
After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.
Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
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