U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction [as] the storm's motion".
More than a million people have been urged to evacuate from the storm's path.
Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a risky storm". They were expecting to be in SC for 10 to 14 days, according to a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday morning and could become a Category 5 storm with winds up to 175 miles per hour.
He warned people in surrounding areas to "remain vigilant" and expect flash floods at the start of next week.
Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.
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"Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast", athletics director Ray Tanner said in a statement released by the school. "I am going to stack it up on some cinder blocks and see if that will help", resident Austin Hembree said.
One woman told MSNBC she would be staying at home in Wilmington, NC with her two children despite the storm.
The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.
"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades", Byard said. The storm caused an estimated $125 billion of damage along the Gulf Coast.
The prison, home to nearly 1,000 prisoners and up to 119 staff, was ordered to stay put even during an initial mandatory evacuation for surrounding Jasper County.
On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning it is capable of causing "catastrophic damage". SC has an open date October 20 and also could play on December 1 if it does not qualify for the SEC Championship Game.
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