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Florence, downgraded to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and moving west at only 5 miles per hour (8 kph), remained huge, unpredictable and potentially deadly ahead of its forecast landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at mid-day on Friday. A tattered American flag seen flying on a live surf camera at Frying Pan Tower in North Carolina is evidence of the strong wind gusts pounding the coast. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.

Cooper said 126 shelters are open across the state, with more than 12,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday evening.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph). It says the threat of freshwater flooding will increase in coming hours and days from the storm's heavy rains.

The center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast on Friday (local time), then drift south-west before making its way inland on Saturday.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", NHC said.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

After landfall, the storm is expected to linger over the area for a few days, which would result in rising river levels and lakes.

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Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life. According to radar images as of 7 a.m., the storm's eye was drawing near the New Hanover-Pender County line.

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"The course of the storm looks like it's taking a bit more of a path to impact our game", Colgate head coach Dan Hunt said. The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km).

Some Carolinians have expressed frustration after evacuating their homes for a storm that was later downgraded - but officials have pushed back at suggestions that Florence's threat has been exaggerated. But Luettich said it is still not well understood how factors like rain accumulation and land saturation affect river and coastal flooding during major storm events.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Constable said she's prepared for the worst.

Allison James who lives in Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina said that based on reports this area would not be directly affected. The page says service animals aren't barred from evacuation shelters, beaches shouldn't be used for sand bags, and evacuation orders aren't enforced by FEMA.

"I was feeling fine until I woke up this morning and this is a ghost town", said Kristin Beard, a 40-year-old Myrtle Beach marketer.

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