Hurricane Florence is continuing to push towards a landfall around the North Carolina/South Carolina border, and is beginning to lash the central Atlantic seaboard with damaging winds and storm surge.
Reports said coastal streets in North Carolina were flooded and winds bent trees to the ground as the storm, which has been downgraded to Category 1 and is weakened and slower moving than in recent days, prepared to make landfall at some point on Friday.
A simulation weather video is showing what the life-threatening Hurricane Florence storm surge might look like if it reaches a frightening nine feet (2.7m).
Yesterday, Dr Greg Postel, the network's hurricane specialist, said three feet (0.9m) of water was enough to knock people off their feet, potentially carry cars away and flood lower levels of buildings.
More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been told to leave.
Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes.
"If you find yourself here [in rising floodwaters], you need to get out", she said. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".
One electricity company fears that three-quarters of its four million customers will lose power as a result of the storm, and may not be reconnected for weeks. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A auto goes through a flooded street during the heavy rain of outer bands of Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, United States on September 13, 2018. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster because of human-caused climate change. Overall, the storm is 400 miles wide.
Two women who were riding out the storm dance to the music outside the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast, September 13, 2018.
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".
The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who made a decision to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.
General O'Shaughnessy said there were about 7,000 U.S. military personnel now in place and ready to respond to the storm, along with ships, helicopters, high-wheeled vehicles and other equipment.