Hurricane Florence weakens slightly, expected to reach Carolinas as Cat 3

Chuck Ledford and his daughter Misty seek shelter at Emma B. Trask Middle School in Wilmington North Carolina

Chuck Ledford and his daughter Misty seek shelter at Emma B. Trask Middle School in Wilmington North Carolina

As Hurricane Florence makes its way towards the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia, locals can't help but try to capture their last moments of fun before the carnage that has been forecast.

Current forecasts call for Florence to be at least a Category 3 storm when it arrives at the Carolinas. Stormhunters Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson will be LIVE in the Carolinas with the latest.

Hurricane preparations should be rushed to completion as soon as possible.

Ocean City will begin to experience lingering effects of the weakening category three storm, including wind, rain and tidal flooding, as early as Thursday night, September 13, and into Saturday, September 15.

Predicted rainfall totals for Hurricane Florence.

More than 10 million people are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence as storm force winds move within hours of battering the United States east coast.

"While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the US coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m.

"We could cover several states easily with the cloud cover alone", Graham said.

Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States find themselves in the path of a monster Category 4 hurricane that threatens catastrophic coastal flooding and damage in the billions of USA dollars.

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

North and South Carolina's state governments said it is up to individually operated nursing homes outside of mandatory evacuation zones to decide whether to move their medically fragile patients. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.

Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday yesterday as the town appeared to be emptying.

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps.

In Wilmington, New Hanover County officials said they had contacted every individual who has registered on its special-needs list - people who need oxygen to breathe or are confined to beds - to make sure they have a safe place to stay during the storm, in some cases finding them temporary shelter.

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