Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland.
"We're talking 12-foot seas stretching 300 miles away from the center", the NHC's Graham said.
Calling on residents to follow evacuation orders declared by state and local officials, Byard said the hit by hurricane would not be a "glancing blow", but rather "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".
Hurricane Florence has inundated USA coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulking storm slogs inland.
Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will be played at 4 p.m.at North Carolina.
Liberty Mutual Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company write the most commercial property insurance coverage in North and SC, according to a report on Wednesday by Moody's, citing data from SNL Financial. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does. After its initial impact, Byard said the most serious concern will be massive rainfalls that would produce risky inland flooding. Life-threatening storms are expected across large portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.
Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a risky major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said.
"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".
Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.
"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.
Hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds reached up to 195 miles from the eye. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported.
"I think we're as ready as we can be for the upcoming severe weather", Moe said. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.
The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide. "It goes well inland".
"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.
Communities could lose electricity for weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain".
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