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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is foreboding in his assessment Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence has changed course, according to the latest weather models. Flooding could prove devastating.

For people who stayed behind near the coast, or find themselves facing the brunt of the storm, officials are offering safety advice. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said.

"This is no ordinary storm, and people could be without power for a very long time - not days but weeks", a president of one energy company in North Carolina said on Wednesday. Michael Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University, calculates that Florence will deduct about $200 million of output a day from North Carolina's $550 billion-a-year economy until business returns to something close to normal.

It could have been worse.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in'.

"The ironic thing is, when there's a rebuilding effort, that can energize local economies", Walden said.

Officials have said they are taking precautions to protect sensitive sites. Hiring is likely to be especially strong in construction and at retailers that sell building materials and supplies.

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. North Carolina's Duplin and Sampson counties, just inland, sell more hogs and pigs than anywhere else in America.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

The storm would be expected to die out by Wednesday, Ms Smith said.


"It's cumulative damage", Myers said.

"Simply put, when you have tens of thousands of people that are trying to get out of harm's way and they're all filling up at the same time, certainly it overwhelms how much gasoline can be stored.at gas stations". Flooding closed refineries along the Texas and Louisiana coasts and caused gasoline prices to spike.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. The port in Charleston, South Carolina, though, was suspending operations from Thursday through Saturday and possibly on Sunday.

The US Army Corps of Engineers said it is monitoring two North Carolina dams - in Wake Forest and Cary - as well as three additional ones in Virginia. But rail cars with vehicles bound for Charleston and export markets overseas have been moved to secure areas until the storm passes. This implies that water, even more so than wind, is the most risky element of a major storm.

Florence is lashing the state with "heavy rainbands with tropical-storm-force winds spreading across the Outer Banks and Coastal Southeastern North Carolina", the briefing said.

Trucks are rushing into the region to restock store shelves, but Peggy Dorf, a freight and logistics market analyst for DAT Solutions, says they won't be for much longer.

Florence's path remains uncertain.

But even inland dealerships are bracing for damage. "Protection of life is the absolute highest priority and that's what we are doing".

In the 5 a.m. ET advisory, Florence was 205 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 15 mph.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning areas beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon local time.

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