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Heavy rain, wind gusts and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence swamped the Carolinas early on Friday as the massive storm crawled toward the coast, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.

Although slow 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 late Thursday and Friday, the NHC added.

Now a Category 3 storm, Florence is sustaining winds at 135 miles per hour. She said it will become a "major flooding event".

For a swath of the North Carolina shore from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, the storm surge could range from 9-13 feet, the NHC said.

And while take-offs aboard the Gulfstream 4 aircraft are smooth, once they enter a hurricane it's intense, and the flights last for eight hours.

The area could be subject to life-threatening flooding caused by Hurricane Florence despite lowered rainfall projections, according to the National Weather Service.

Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less unsafe, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion. The latest forecast indicates that Florence could stall over or close to southeast North Carolina Friday, then could drift west or southwest this weekend.

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The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore.

While a third added: 'Looks like a hard pounding... they are really going more than a few inches.

Communities could lose electricity for weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said.

Wind speeds in the eye of Florence reached almost 150 miles per hour just after midnight on September 12, according to data recorded by an Air Force aircraft hovering over the hurricane.

Cooper said Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

"It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders", President Trump tweeted Wednesday, along with a satellite video of the mammoth storm swirling through the Atlantic.

"Everyone who is staying here is either a real old timer, someone who doesn't know where would be better, or someone involved in emergency operations one way or another", said Fox.

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