"It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon".
"We now have a travel alert which has been posted for 23 airports from Virginia all the way through Georgia on the East Coast", says Ross Feinstein, spokesman for American Airlines. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.
Its governor, Roy Cooper, told residents "the time to prepare was nearly over". Its maximum sustained winds dropped slightly from 110 miles per hour earlier Thursday to 105 miles per hour, but the storm remains a Category 2 hurricane that is expected to cause widespread catastrophic damage.
"Because I don't know that we can go in and get you". "We are going to see serious water quality problems".
"It's cumulative damage", Myers said.
"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain". So will the trees.
There will be hurricane-force winds up to 80 miles from the centre of the storm, meteorologists say. As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril. "On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Friday", the briefing said.
States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.
"You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start". Some flooding was forecast early in the day for parts of North Florida, but those forecasts were adjusted later to include high swells and minor coastal flooding at high tide.
However, forecasters say the storm's biggest threat is how much rain it is expected to produce.
"We can not discount them", she added.
A 2016 study by the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance identified more than 4,000 animal waste pits in North Carolina where pig and chicken excrement is collected.
Federal officials have also identified at least five dams they are focusing on for the danger they would pose if they failed.
The storm was about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington and had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, which is slightly weaker than earlier Thursday, the briefing said.
"When you have a swine lagoon breech, it is going to have catastrophic impact on the river", Burdette said. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.
Florence's expanse even captured the attention of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, who have been tweeting pictures of the storm back to Earth. "We're ready and God will watch over us". Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles Islands on Thursday.
And if that isn't enough, Subtropical Storm Joyce formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, but it's not expected to hit the U.S. The system is expected to drift to the southwest in the coming days.