latest projected track has shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland.
Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday.
Early Wednesday afternoon in North Carolina, the storm was centered 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast, moving at 26 kph (16 mph) towards the United States coastline. This system, when it gets to the coast, is only going to be moving about three miles per hour.
Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top. "Its a big one", he said at the White House.
"There's really not a lot of good news", NOAA flight director Paul Flaherty said on "Shepard Smith Reporting".
The path of Hurricane Florence has changed since Cooper made that statement Tuesday. "In the past, it's been safer to leave them there", a state department of corrections spokesman said.
Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast.
Fishel said storm surges are expected to be between nine and 13 feet and could cause greater problems when they back up into nearby bodies of water, including the Tar and Neuse rivers.
In reality, Florence was downgraded by the National Weather Service from a category 3 to a category 2 storm.
Isaac Ginis, a hurricane expert at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, said that with rising temperatures, hurricanes are likely to become more intense, bring more rain and pose more risks to coastal areas from higher seas and bigger storm surges and waves. The hurricane was moving northwest in the Atlantic at 15 miles per hour and was packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.
In addition to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, five military bases and half a dozen nuclear power plants are also in the path of the storm.
Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said.
"The biggest thing is you're always anxious about yourself and friends and family - and whether they'll have a place to come back to", he said.
The prison, home to nearly 1,000 prisoners and up to 119 staff, was ordered to stay put even during an initial mandatory evacuation for surrounding Jasper County. The GFS model has 20 or so inches of rain falling over the next couple of days and you can see how that rain accumulates over time.
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The US Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina.