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Florence weakens to Category 1 hurricane: NHC

Florence weakens to Category 1 hurricane: NHC

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.

On Wednesday, Florence was downgraded twice from its peak as a Category 4 storm which causes "catastrophic damage".

In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing North Carolina would see the equivalent of up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period.

When Hurricane Floyd attacked North Carolina in 1999, it didn't stall; Floyd was a fast-moving storm. A few hearty locals gathered at Cape Fear Wine and Beer pub in downtown Wilmington.

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The hurricane was "wreaking havoc" and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days", the governor said.

Gov. Roy Cooper of the Tar Heel state announced a State of Emergency ahead of the storm making its way to the coast. "I am frightened about what's coming".

"Now's the time when we stop projecting and we just sit back and watch", says Young.

More than 1 million people will likely evacuate from the storm's path in the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the New York Times. Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.

Some homes and businesses may be washed away on the barrier islands and along the immediate coast near and north of the storm center along the coast by dozens of miles.

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Although Charlotte is farther inland than the areas expected to the get the brunt of the hurricane force winds natives say they are anxious about the rain and risk of flooding.

SC officials say more than 400,000 people have evacuated the state's coast and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches. Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas.

The US east coast girded for a battering from Hurricane Florence late Thursday as the monster storm's outer edge began lashing the Carolinas with heavy wind and rain, which forecasters warned could trigger life-threatening floods even as it further weakened.

The NHC said in its 2 p.m. ET update that Florence is now a Category 2 storm, but it noted that the storm is quite large in diameter.

After spreading rain westward to the southern Appalachians and Piedmont areas, torrential rain is forecast to reach parts of the northeastern US next week. Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just a few hours.

Instead, they drove 240km inland to his mother's house in Durham.

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