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Hurricane Florence Charleston: Latest Forecast & Track

Hurricane Florence Charleston: Latest Forecast & Track

Once a Category-4 hurricane with winds of 225kph, the hurricane was downgraded to Category 1 on Thursday night. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

The Hurricane Center's Dennis Feltgen reiterated that warning, saying 90 percent of hurricane-related deaths are from problems that arise with the massive amounts of water.

Another Wilmington resident said she did not want to leave because she was afraid to see what she would come back to after the storm.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

Storm surges of up to six feet were forecast for Belhaven, North Carolina, where this video was recorded on the night of September 13.

As of 4 a.m., maximum sustained winds were at 90 miles per hour.

"Heavy rain has been occurring in and around Oriental, North Carolina, where 20.37 inches of rainfall has been measured thus far", the National Hurricane Center said in an update.

The rising sea crept towards the two-storey home of Tom Copeland, who lives on a spit of land surrounded by water in Swansboro.

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

As US citizens in the path of Hurricane Florence gear up for it, people have been warned and advisories are being issued in the media. It could then head west and southwest.

More ominously, forecasters said the onslaught on the coast would last for hours and hours because Florence had come nearly to a dead halt at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday. Isolated areas could get 40 inches.

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious. Tens of thousands were without power.

Wilmington should be ready for a prolonged and devastating impact as Hurricane Florence roars over Southeastern North Carolina on Friday.

"Don't relax. Don't get complacent", he'd said Thursday morning.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "Waffle House has vowed that they'll try to keep the place open for as long as the powers on".

The No. 1 priority, he said, is to save lives.

"This is a unsafe storm and it's expected to bring a lot of weather-related issues to the state", he said. "They pulled out all the furniture out of the yard".

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

He added that people living near rivers, streams and lowland areas in the region were most at risk.