The Post and Courier: "Charleston area should prepare for at least some flooding from Hurricane Florence" - "While predictions show Hurricane Florence heading for North Carolina, the amount of rainfall it could send Charleston's way carries a potential for flooding".
"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".
"Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", Cooper said.
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.
Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still unsafe Category 3 hurricane.
Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.
Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said.
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Florence was to be the first major test of FEMA since its response to the Puerto Rico disaster, which was widely criticised. Cora told reporters he respects Trump, but noted that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us".
However, Hurricane Florence is still a huge threat to 10 million people in and around the Carolina coast as people continue to evacuate the area. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.
But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.
Florence is predicted to make an overnight landfall Friday west of Wilmington, NC. Tropical Storm Olivia is approaching the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".
The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas hard later this week.
Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday.
"They told me to bring a pillow and blanket", Whisler said. Some of these reactors - including Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina and Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia - may be directly in the hurricane's path, Reuters reported. He adds, "Businesses in Myrtle Beach are to have operations ceased and secured by 5 this afternoon".
A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.